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Spring Woodcock Training Season

The second season is built for bird dogs.

Spring Woodcock Training Season

Training bird dogs on spring woodcock is an ideal time to introduce young pups to wild birds, correct mistakes, and condition for the fall hunting season.  (Tom Keer photo)

Winters for Northern tier bird doggers are impossibly hard. The average snowfall from Minnesota to Maine ranges between three and six feet, and unless we head South, we spend more time shoveling than running dogs.

But soon enough it ends, and we rejoice when those Northerlies become Southerlies. The change brings warm trade winds, and migratory species of all sorts return. Striped bass, squeteague, Atlantic salmon, and waterfowl return home, but our eyes are focused on a different traveler. As passionate bird doggers we take to the woods we left behind in search of the American woodcock. Their arrival breathes excitement into us and our dogs.

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