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#6110209 - 12/30/15 05:17 PM Woodcock Thread
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Finally got a chance to get out there and hunt them with Jenny. She did great - her Daddy, not so much. smile

Yesterday's hunt: 8 points, 11 birds (one point got up three!), 5 shots, 2 birds to bag. They were the two biggest birds I have ever taken - guess I can only hit the slow, fat ones.



Jenny's "There's a bird in there but if you want him you'll have to get him yourself" point.

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#6110218 - 12/30/15 05:20 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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This morning's quick hour and a half hunt: 4 points, 4 birds, 2 shots, 1 bird to bag.



Jenny's "Whoa! There's one right here I almost ran by!" point:

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#6110238 - 12/30/15 05:32 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Great pictures, beautiful dog, cool birds. I have got to hunt them someday. 'Doubt I can hit any, but want to at least see 'em.
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#6110308 - 12/30/15 06:06 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Great pictures. Great looking dog.
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#6110317 - 12/30/15 06:10 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Were these birds found in Corsicana? Or close to that area? I have a place down there that's wooded, but majority is under water.

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#6110332 - 12/30/15 06:16 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Catch Dog]
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Originally Posted By: Catch Dog
Were these birds found in Corsicana? Or close to that area? I have a place down there that's wooded, but majority is under water.


No Catch Dog, these were at my place in Houston county. Corsicana area does get some birds in the wooded areas, but not near the numbers as east TX on average. This was by far the best December hunt I have had - I assume the cold front and moist conditions are the reasons.

Thank you for the kind words for Jenny guys - she has been a real blessing to me and I have sure enjoyed her.
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#6111421 - 12/31/15 10:22 AM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Are they good eating?
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#6111585 - 12/31/15 11:53 AM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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To me, they taste just like a dove. I breast them out and eat them the same way - they are just larger.

(Technically, woodcock threads should be in the migratory bird section since they are in fact migratory birds, but traditionally they have long been considered upland game by most.)



Edited by Nogalus Prairie (12/31/15 12:00 PM)
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Originally Posted By: Russ79
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#6111699 - 12/31/15 01:15 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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I am gonna play 20 questions on this one. Do they hold pretty tight when dogs are working?
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#6111711 - 12/31/15 01:25 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Mostly, yes. Very tight. Sometimes one will run/move a little ways but that is the exception rather than the rule. They will usually get up only when you approach very close. The thicker the cover the tighter they hold. The first one I killed in the picture held about 1-2 feet off the end of Jenny's nose. I'm pretty sure I could have stomped him to death if I had wanted to. smile
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#6111935 - 12/31/15 03:27 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Registered: 10/17/13
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Loc: Sugar Land, TX
Originally Posted By: Baylor_Bears
Are they good eating?


Their breasts are a darker color compared to other game birds I have eaten. I have read that they are not one of the better tasting game birds on the dinner plate, and I think some people are grossed out because they eat a lot of worms. Nonetheless, I prepare mine wrapped in bacon and find them delicious!

NP: Are you finding them in any particular cover this year (any trends different from other years?), or the is it the same scenario "they are were you find them" (or however the quote goes...)

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#6111996 - 12/31/15 03:55 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Mostly in the thick stuff (primarily yaupon) on those two hunts. It could be different when I go back this weekend. confused2
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#6112061 - 12/31/15 04:32 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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A couple more just for fun.

"Can't we go hunting already, Daddy?"



Tuckered out on the ride home.

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#6112095 - 12/31/15 04:50 PM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Awesome pics NP, sharp looking 4 legged friend you got there and the food looks excellent! up
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#6113048 - 01/01/16 10:43 AM Re: Woodcock Thread [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Registered: 06/26/15
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Loc: Michigan/Texas in Winter
Onion, bacon, soak in Italian dressing overnight, grill and OH MY! Please save us a few for their return trip north in the spring. Great birds for a young dog to learn on, strong scent and they hold well.

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