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Old 12-09-2017, 09:16 PM
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Anyone find a Woodstock today? did not see Woodcock today but did see my first robins !
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:25 PM
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Had a wedding today, me and Drake will be in the woods Thursday👏👏
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Old 12-10-2017, 12:22 AM
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I have seen 2 in Thomas county in the last few days. Doves came in also with the robins.
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:26 AM
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Opening day of woodcock season in Georgia. The birds aren’t in quite yet, but conditions for their arrival are optimum as our woods had a 4” rain over the last 72 hours softening the woods floor for ease of doodling for worms. One bird, one shot and it was Floyd’s No. 4 Deluxe AyA 28 ga. Both Abby and Willa, my Britt Com MuttPak, had it pinned down and I had to go into the thick just about on my hands and knees to flush it for Floyd. I could see Willa with Abby backing but all I heard was it getting up and Floyd’s shot. Ya' know, a good friend will do that for you. Top gun is my recently acquired Darne R10 20.

While in the woods I spotted a small lion’s mane mushroom and showed it to Floyd. On the way out, Floyd spotted this one from 75 yards out as we drove out the woods. It weighed 3 lbs. and was the size of a cantaloupe. These are excellent on the table. At least I didn't go home empty handed.
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Old 12-10-2017, 03:56 PM
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Fantastic Gil. I can't wait till Thursday. I'll keep everybody posted😎
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Old 12-10-2017, 05:24 PM
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I last hunted timber doodles in 1977 when I was at Auburn. What a fun bird they are to hunt. Glad to see someone hunting them with classic doubles, especially a 28ga.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:01 AM
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What kind of dog is that?
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Itís an English Cocker. I have two myself.
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Old 12-12-2017, 01:08 AM
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What kind of dog is that?
He`said an English Cocker and a great flusher👍
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Please don't beat on poor ol woodcock to much down there. The limit on them should be two across the country. Enjoy the dog work, eat a few cooked correctly. But please, don't just go a killing them if you're not into eating them. You're not some kind of super sportsman cause you kill a limit of woodcock. They are easy for the dogs and easy to shoot. Leave a few and enjoy the encounter.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:17 PM
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According to USFW 2016 estimates Georgia hunters harvested around 500 woodcock. Michigan hunters harvested over seventy thousand woodcock. That amount was higher than the eastern migration states combined. Michigan woodcock winter in Louisiana and Mississippi mostly. Maybe the limits should be re-evaluated per each migration route. The eastern route definitely doesn't have the amount of birds in the central migration route.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:41 PM
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Thank you for the bird count comparing Georgia to Michigan. It doesn't sound like Georgians are beating up on the woodcock.
I don't think we have to go too far out on a limb to suggest that very few folks hunt woodcock in Georgia. I've been hunting most of my life in SE Georgia and I can count on two fingers the number of folks I know who hunt for them on purpose with dogs within 50 miles of me and I am one of the two. The other guy I hunt with. I will continue to hunt and shoot them within the limit established by the folks that do such things. They may be easier for some to shoot at and hit, but I believe they are worth the effort and challenging. I don't travel all over the country in pursuit of feathers and fur; I make my hunting and fishing part of my life where I live and do the best at it I can. There is something to be said of maximizing the enjoyment of home woods and waters. Every opportunity I get to collect a legal limit, I will. As much as I enjoy hunting them, cooking and eating them is a bonus. They do not go to waste. Gil
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Old 12-14-2017, 06:48 PM
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Well ole Preacher is eating fresh sea trout tonight😎 The reason being that Drake and I walked 5 miles today he got birdie one time And we are both pooped tonight😩 Did not see any scat but most of the swamps are full of downed trees from Irma
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Please don't beat on poor ol woodcock to much down there. The limit on them should be two across the country. Enjoy the dog work, eat a few cooked correctly. But please, don't just go a killing them if you're not into eating them. You're not some kind of super sportsman cause you kill a limit of woodcock. They are easy for the dogs and easy to shoot. Leave a few and enjoy the encounter.
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:05 PM
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I got up two on the way in to the deerstand yesterday afternoon. First ones I`ve seen this year.
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I tried today at Fort Stewart on section C-18 near the Canoochie river and A-2. Did not see anything except a pair of red-headed woodpeckers that was when I was leaving.
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The only reason there aren't six depicted is because I didn't hold up my end. Floyd dropped them all with his Ithaca SKB 20. We found some birds. Pop and Sadie at the helm.
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Looks like a great hunt with a friend. You'll get them next time.
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Old 12-17-2017, 09:43 PM
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I agree 100%
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Old 12-17-2017, 09:49 PM
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Gil, I'm jealous 😂😂
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Old 12-17-2017, 09:58 PM
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Had one fly by the duck blind yesterday.
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Old 12-18-2017, 12:24 AM
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I'm gonna give em a go tomorrow after the wood ducks
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I love hunting woodcock, especially when they give you so many chances for photo ops!!

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I had 6 of em all around me the other evening right at dark
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:17 AM
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How do woodcock taste? I've seen them all my life, but never killed or eaten one. I've never known anybody around here who hunted them.

They actually live year-round here in the mountains. You see more in the winter, but they're here all year. I watched one a couple years ago for over an hour as it caught worms, pretty interesting thing to see.
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