7 days of hunting the Northwoods of Wisconsin, 2 full days of travel to get there and back. I'm whipped. Plenty of birds in the balsams and alders, but you won't see them, just hear the flush. We finally started finding some grouse in the popple and they were easy pickin's. Brought home 16 grouse, shot 2 or 3 bushels of woodcock over points, ate of few and gave the rest to a kindly gent we met that eats them 3 meals a day. Lots of birds flushing from high in the trees, and this gave the dogs fits. We got a lot of good points and made some good shots, though. Our shooting was actually above average. Dunn's dogs were uniformly good, while mine had a more mixed performance. Every dog had at least a few points and birds killed over them. This young girl shown below is 2.5 years old, although developmentally she's still a pup. I hunted her by herself late one afternoon, and she got on a bird, relocated once, and then stayed on point for several minutes while I got to her. The bird flushed, and somebody, maybe yours truly, made a heck of shot and brought the gray tailed bird down as it passed behind a flaming maple sapling in the failing light. She pointed several more times during this trip but this was the only kill made over her. With lots of one-on-one time between her and the birds, she'll eventually make a dog.