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Woodcock migration #7677435 12/02/19 06:47 AM
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Anybody seeing any woodcock yet?

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I've seen a couple.

Anybody remember hunting plovers?


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My neighbor saw a few woodcock up around Navasto.


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I actually jumped my first back in mid-October. I am thinking that Dr. Whiting may be right about TX having a small resident population.

They are here in fairly good numbers now, I can hear them flying in and out of the woods at dawn/dusk.

My place is in Houston county.


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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
I actually jumped my first back in mid-October. I am thinking that Dr. Whiting may be right about TX having a small resident population.

They are here in fairly good numbers now, I can hear them flying in and out of the woods at dawn/dusk.

My place is in Houston county.


Is Davy Crockett National Forrest open to the public?


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Originally Posted by bill oxner
Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
I actually jumped my first back in mid-October. I am thinking that Dr. Whiting may be right about TX having a small resident population.

They are here in fairly good numbers now, I can hear them flying in and out of the woods at dawn/dusk.

My place is in Houston county.


Is Davy Crockett National Forrest open to the public?


Yessir it is.


Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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So most years is waiting until deer season is over to hunt woodcock not the peak time ?

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So most years is waiting until deer season is over to hunt woodcock not the peak time ?


I think it only gets better as the season progresses and more birds arrive, so IMO the 3 weeks after deer season is the peak time. At least as a general rule at my place.


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That's good news, thank you! Last year was my first year hunting woodcock and I'm really looking forward to this season. Woodcock has supplanted squirrel as my favorite critter to hunt. I don't like to hunt deer and can't afford to travel all over for birds or hunt private quail ranches. So woodcock are about the only feasible upland game for me.

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They are one of my favorites too. I have gained a lot of respect and appreciation for them. They are amazing little birds.


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They definitely are amazing little birds, Nogalus Prairie. It's crazy how far they migrate on those stubby little wings. They don't get enough respect or attention as they should from hunters, biologists, and especially TPWD.

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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
I actually jumped my first back in mid-October. I am thinking that Dr. Whiting may be right about TX having a small resident population.


Is that Dr Monty Whiting from SFA?

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Originally Posted by machine73
Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
I actually jumped my first back in mid-October. I am thinking that Dr. Whiting may be right about TX having a small resident population.


Is that Dr Monty Whiting from SFA?


Yes.


Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Originally Posted by machine73
Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
I actually jumped my first back in mid-October. I am thinking that Dr. Whiting may be right about TX having a small resident population.


Is that Dr Monty Whiting from SFA?


Yes.


Not to contradict dr whiting but the earliest I have seen a woodcock here in east Texas is September. This year I noticed a few birds show up in October but I have not seen many this year. It seems in wet years I see more birds in texas.


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Lousiana is the best woodcock state in the nation

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Originally Posted by blanked
Lousiana is the best woodcock state in the nation


Yes sir it is! During unseasonably wet years a lot of their preferred habitat is inundated and we have more birds that spill to the west looking for suitable habitat. As a long time forester in East Texas as well as a life long bird hunter, the woodcock is right in my wheelhouse.


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