Grouseguy, what have you heard?
I'll give you guys a tip that almost no one follows. Find an area you like that has good lodging, restaurants, and access to lots of public hunting and keep going back to that same area year after year. Use the down cycle years to scout out new areas and make friends with some locals ... maybe even gain access to some private lands. You will be amazed at how much better your hunting is, even in the down years. You learn to pattern birds based on time of year, weather conditions, food sources, etc., so that no matter what the weather or population cycle ... you will be able to nearly always find plenty of birds to hunt.Will be hunting around Phillips and Park Falls starting Oct 15. If things aren't good maybe I'll go to UP.
Exactly ... I've found clear liquid in Mason jars is excellent currency for landowners, loggers, bear houndsmen, etc.I've been hunting the same general area in wisconsin and in michigan for the past 20+ years. I've had decent luck finding private in wisconsin but michigan is a different story. A bottle of brown water and a country ham go a long way in wisconsin
You are lucky GG, not to have your hunting coverts overun.
I had some advantages. grousegal's Dad was a bird hunter, so even though he passed away when she was young, she grew up seeing a man bird hunting as perfectly normal.I have a question GG, just how to you even get started on getting a gal into bird hunting? I've tried every trick in my bag and can't get my wife to hunt or fish! The only thing she will do with me is hike, and mushroom hunt. I told her bird hunting was hiking.....with a gun. Actually I'm delighted with my wife, she just isn't very outdoorsy.
I had some advantages. grousegal's Dad was a bird hunter, so even though he passed away when she was young, she grew up seeing a man bird hunting as perfectly normal.
Then when we got married in '95, she wanted to see what WI was all about, since I'd talked about "up north" so much. She got to loving the dogs, especially after traveling with them ... plus she used to be an athlete with good hand/eye coordination ... so the hunting part came naturally.
I also try to keep it easy and fun when she goes with me. I'm not going to take her through a tag swamp to get to a secret poppies/spruce thicket. We usually go on trail based hunts, where she can walk a nice trail and I'll parallel her 50-100 yards in working the dogs between us. I also try to pick scenic trails with plenty of photo ops, cool resting spots, pretty views, etc.
Also, maybe run by her just taking a camera ... you can never have too many hunting or dog pics.