Young forest habitat:
And no, the turkeys aren’t killing all the grouse!
I’ve never seen turkeys in the same part of the forest as ruffed grouse.
This is the photo from the cover of James Lamb Free’s Training Your Retriever. The book is a classic treatise on training retrievers for North American waterfowl trials with some discussion training them to hunt pheasants.
It does not show you how to use a golden retriever to hunt ruffed grouse. I considered it false advertising!
Dave has had Pavel out “bark-pointing” ruffed grouse in Alberta.
The other dog is Riley, a
Swedish vallhund gnome wolf.
Pavel treed two grouse, and Dave shot both.
But one wound up falling into a deep hole where the only thing that could get it would be a little terrier or maybe a ferret.
This one is just hanging out in this little patch of woods.
Dave reports that Pavel bark treed his first ruffed grouse yesterday. He treed a second one but stopped barking, so Dave let that one live.
The Turtledog is making it in Soviet Canuckistan!