When you’re upland hunting, the feeling of excitement and tension grips you as you walk through the autumn wilderness stalking birds hidden in the brush. You’re constantly aware of your surroundings, paying attention to every noise and movement, watching your hunting dogs carefully as they scramble through the woods, searching for a scent before suddenly standing at point. Then there is the incomparable thrill of the moment of action, when a bird takes flight and you need the presence of mind to stay calm, act fast and shoot straight.
With its scrub growth and wetland bogs, the North Country offers ideal ground cover for birds such as pheasant, grouse and woodcock. These birds are attracted the region’s native vegetation, which includes high bush cranberry, raspberry and mountain ash.
- Birds move fast when they are spooked, so you need to react just as fast. Keep your gun up and ready, especially once you see your dog go on point.
- Consider the direction of the wind when stalking birds. You don’t want the wind at your dog’s back. If you hunt into the wind, your dog has a better chance of picking up a scent.
- If there’s snow on the ground, use it to help you track birds. Snow often arrives early in the North Country and can be a big help to hunters.
- Hire a local hunting guide. These experts know the best places to hunt and the nuances of bird hunting in the region. Also, if you don’t have your own hunting dogs, they often have exceptionally-trained dogs that you can use.