Day 2 of the inaugural RGS Grouse Camp Tour took place Tuesday, October 19, 2015 in central Minnesota. RGS Staff, Matt Soberg, Seth Heasley, and Nick Larson met up with Minnesota DNR Forest Gamebird Coordinator, Ted Dick and his young setter pup, Ace.
The day had us touring various grouse and woodcock project sites the MN DNR and the Ruffed Grouse Society have partnered together in. We spent a good deal of time talking to Ted about the habitat work being done across the state as well as how every current member in RGS has an impact in providing grouse and woodcock a bigger voice within their respective state (with their state’s policy makers) as well as nationally, particularly pertaining to the US Forest Service. We spent considerable time in a portion of the Chippewa National Forest on this day.
Ted’s pup Ace had some good work in on woodcock, some of which in area’s so thick the cameras couldn’t get to the birds to in time with the shotguns. Another notable find was a woodcock find from Matt Soberg’s male setter “Blitz”. Not only did he have a bracemate running out-of-sight but remained within bell range while he stood his bird, but he didn’t get any help from the three guns that met him at the bird. But hey, that’s hunting! The outcome always anything but certain which has always been part of the allure.
Watch how the day unfolded here: