Top photo and video by AJ DeRosa in support of Ruffed Grouse Society
Its alwas nice hunting thANksgiving weekend wthin an hour Of rVa! Nice poinTs today by nova, otto and kona. 16 woodcock flushes and i was blessed to shoot my limit.
Last weekend of October and first couple weekends of November 2019 hunting with new upland hunters and old friends at James River Chapter of ruffed grouse society camp at bill heindl's cabin in monterey Virginia where RGS was started.
Left photo is Joe Madron on his first ever upland hunt. Skylar pointed we walked in an flushed the bird and Joe shot it. Bird landed across a creek. After some coaxing Kona crossed the creek and found the bird for a great retrieve to hand. Skylar also pointed the woodcock Justin Madron shot later in the day.
Bill Hendl is 78 and can still walk and loves to hunt grouse. Great job Bill on day 3 of grouse camp 2019 getting it done.
This would have been my limit on Woodcock today, but I chose to use the camera instead. Great photo of Kona on point with Skylar and Otto backing. I tried to find the bird on the ground for a photo as I had seen Otto's pointed bird, but I flushed it. May it migrate and produce baby woodcock and more points in the future.
pure Michigan grouse camp 2019 and first trip to up.
Grouse camp in Pure Michigan we averaged 15 miles walked per day and just over 15 flushes per day. We hunted GEM's and any other prime cuts of Aspen 9-16 years old. Northwind Maps, Garmin Alpha 100 and OnX Hunt App were well worth the price of admission, as the rewards were just!
Late February 2019 Hunt with Cort, myself and Justin. 4 pointed birds harvested!
Wonderful results from a nice February 2019 Appalachia’s Ruffed Grouse hunt. We were blessed to harvest 4 King of the Gamebirds over two points by almost 12 month old Otto and 2 points from three year old Kona. Plus Kona pointed a turkey hidden in the bushes. I am blessed to have hunted with good friends Cort Grubb who has one of Skylar’s pups Ophelia from last years litter (Otto’s sister) and Justin Madron who harvested his first Ruffed Grouse over a point by my French Brittany’s. We have burned so much boot leather this season that I was so blessed to harvest two Ruffed Grouse in two days made me very happy. Many days in the Appalachian Mountains is more like hiking with a shotgun and man’s best friend.
A very well written blog by fellow James River chapter member Robb Moore on this seasons woodcock in Virginia. Robb’s blog is called: “A Man and His Birddog.”
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A 2018-2019 season in the books (American woodcock)
By way of after-report, Lincoln and I wrapped up our American…
December2018 - Youtube video shot by John Feasel @jfeaz, @wildliveao
Montana October 2018 hunt with my brother TJ Hidinger and Fred Overby.
To the left Cort Grubb, myself and Justin Madron with 4 Ruffed Grouse (RG) 2nd to last weekend in Feb of 2019. Two RG were pointed by Otto (who was under 1 year old) and two RG's were pointed by Koan, the furthest we found 94 yards from us and held until we walked in and flushed it. Above, Justin Madron, myself and Robb Moore last weekend of VA Woodcock and we each got one, but Justin made one heck of a water retrieve across a river by walking on a log.
2017 in pursuit of Ruffed Grouse
First red phase Ruffed Grouse taken October 2017. Thank you Linda O. This will be the first bird I ever have mounted. 13 months later this is the memory that came back and hangs in my home office!
Often hunting is "just a walk in the woods with friends and good dogs." Labor Day weekend November 2017 in West Virginia with Josh Legg and Jenni his liver tri color French Brittany. Kona is the orange and white dog.
Veterans Day we paused at a cemetery for a WV veteran that gave his life for his country in WW1 in France.
Mearns Quail Hunting Arizona - what a day with antar, lola and jamary. please see our bird hunting pages for more photos!
Currently we have 6 French Brittany's.
Lola (Black and White female) deceased
TAN Antar (Orange and White roan male) French Import deceased
CH Jamari (black and white roan female) French Import
CH Lord (orange and white male) French Import call name Kona TAN Male
CH TAN GUN Lacie (orange and white female) call name Skylar Female
CH Nova Sur le Delavan TAN Female
Otto Von Guten Bois du Soliel TAN Male
Petrol Bois du Soliel (Diesel) Tri Color Male
Bois du Soleil on Hunting Springs Farm is a small family run kennel who's primary mission is to enjoy our passion of upland bird hunting with bird dogs since 2003 with Epagnuel Bretons. This includes having the best dogs from some of the best French Bloodlines of Epagneul Bretons (French Brittany's). We have gone to France several times and are proud to consider Dominique & Pat as well as Virginie and Emelyne Pozo as family friends.
Hunting is about traditions and time with family and friends. Grouse Camp 2016