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#7072249 - 02/09/18 01:30 PM Woodcock Hunting
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Registered: 12/03/08
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Loc: Bay City, Texas
Kind of a bucket list bird for me. Do they exist in Texas? If so, what region? Anybody on here shot one recently?
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#7072259 - 02/09/18 01:38 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
maximum Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
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saw my first one when i was looking at my property before i bought it.
since it didn't fly off very far, i'll assume i was the first two-leg
thing it ever saw.
fwiw, i never saw another one. too many varmints now that need to be
taken care of.

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#7072306 - 02/09/18 02:23 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
1971snipe Offline
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Registered: 09/12/09
Posts: 188
Loc: east side of Houston
1. I hit "like" on your last post on Skip's snipe hunting forum, I think.
2. Is that a bear in the bow of your boat?
3. You still use photobucket? What's their fee now?
4. Yes, there are woodcock in Texas; but they're mostly if not entirely migratory (although there are some that will argue that point), and they stay mostly east of Bay City I believe, and the season ended Jan 31.

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#7072393 - 02/09/18 03:35 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: 1971snipe]
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Originally Posted By: 1971snipe
1. I hit "like" on your last post on Skip's snipe hunting forum, I think.
2. Is that a bear in the bow of your boat?
3. You still use photobucket? What's their fee now?
4. Yes, there are woodcock in Texas; but they're mostly if not entirely migratory (although there are some that will argue that point), and they stay mostly east of Bay City I believe, and the season ended Jan 31.



Skips group is fun. Yes it is a bear, I suppose I need an updated picture. Got that on a hunt about 5 years ago now. I havent uploaded to photobucket in some time, so I guess no.

Im planning on hitting some national forest land in quest of the woodcock.
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#7072405 - 02/09/18 03:44 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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They are here in TX east of the Trinity during the winter - start arriving late October. Season runs 12/18-1/31. A good dog is a lifesaver. Fun and challenging birds. All of the national forests (Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, and Sabine) are great places to hunt them.



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#7072473 - 02/09/18 04:55 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Nogalus what kind of dog are you hunting?
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#7072493 - 02/09/18 05:15 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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German shorthair - Miss Jenny.


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#7072857 - 02/09/18 09:41 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Good looking dog.
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#7072885 - 02/09/18 10:04 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
1971snipe Offline
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Registered: 09/12/09
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Loc: east side of Houston
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
They are here in TX east of the Trinity during the winter - start arriving late October. Season runs 12/18-1/31. A good dog is a lifesaver. Fun and challenging birds. All of the national forests (Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, and Sabine) are great places to hunt them.





You had a good season, Nogalus? I saw woodcock nearly every evening here in the SE corner of the state. I never did venture north to the forests, or east into Louisiana this season.

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#7072895 - 02/09/18 10:12 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
Nogalus Prairie Offline
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Yessir, it was a good one. Plenty of wet weather/ground and birds in all season. Just too short is all. smile
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#7072902 - 02/09/18 10:19 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Originally Posted By: AndrewOSpencer
Good looking dog.


Thank you, sheís very special to me and Iím blessed to have her. Her favorite thing to do in the world is hunt, but her second favorite is hanging with Dad at the camp house. smile

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#7073233 - 02/10/18 10:09 AM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Green Horn

Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 4
Loc: Prosper TX
OK, This just caught my interest big time. I had no idea even though I am born and raised in Texas, and have been quail hunting in Texas for about 30 years. In fact, I just found WMA's (Specifically Matador) this year. I hunted 8000 acres in Dickens for about 10 years until this year when the land was sold. Cant believe what I was missing, and now I see this?? Looked up "Can you eat Woodcock?" Found out not only yes, but heck yes! So, next season, I am in, but have zero idea where to start. I have a GSP that is a virtual twin to Miss Jenny that I named "Sue", hence the handle "Dognamedsue" :-)

I live in Prosper, just north of Dallas, and love the East Texas Piney woods, as much as I love the west Texas country. So, any advice to help me get started would be truly appreciated...

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#7073238 - 02/10/18 10:13 AM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
Dognamedsue Offline
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Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 4
Loc: Prosper TX
Just realized my name was showing as my name instead of my "handle". Just changed that, so the "handle" comment makes sense...

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#7073239 - 02/10/18 10:14 AM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
Dognamedsue Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/01/18
Posts: 4
Loc: Prosper TX
I am truly a green horn...ugh. My handle is "Dognamedsue" I will figure it out....maybe.

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#7073490 - 02/10/18 02:52 PM Re: Woodcock Hunting [Re: AndrewOSpencer]
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Registered: 05/11/17
Posts: 446
Loc: Texas
Here is my dog on the tailgate with a two man limit admiring his work.

He has one pointed here



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