Hounds Hunt Raccoons Rochester – The night was clear, the breeze was gentle and, except for a near-full moon that illuminated the landscape a little more than the average raccoon might like, it was a perfect night for a hunt. I met up with a group of hunters that assembled at Tom Waite’s Racine County [...]
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Goose Hunt Off to Great Start Rochester – The orange glow of sunrise had barely reached the horizon when a distant flock of geese caught sight of our decoys and banked overhead for a closer look. We laid still among the decoys, staring intently through camouflage netting as ten birds circled, then cupped their wings [...]
Late-Season Grouse Prove Elusive Stevens Point – A late-season grouse hunt isn’t always a walk in the park. Chances are, you’ll end up having to deal with cold temperatures, deep snows, slippery ice and bitter winds. With conditions like that, some might prefer to stay home. To further complicate matters, in the late season, you’re [...]
North Dakota Yields Waterfowl in Big Numbers Lehr, N.D. - In the first light of dawn, we could just make out the motion of distant wings above tree-tops on the gray horizon. “Divers,” Tom Waite whispered to Tim Mader and me. “Big flock coming in.” We hunkered down in clumps of tall grass with the [...]
It was almost midday when the beagles started to sing out one more time, signaling that they had jumped a rabbit and another chase was on. I followed the game plan by taking a stand that afforded a reasonably good overview of the grassy field surround by willow, thickets, not far from where the commotion [...]
Camouflage Coat Protection Makes Hares a Difficult Target I stood at the edge of a thicket, listening to the hounds and straining my eyes to catch a quick glimpse of white moving through the trees. Snowshoe hares! It had been a long time since I last hunted the big white rabbits of the woods. So, [...]