Tag Archives: woodcock

Wet weather may be a game changer for early bird hunters

Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar in 2014 at the midcoast Maine survey site. Brian Feulner| BDN

For much of August and September, warm, dry weather dominated, and heading into upland bird hunting season, biologist Brad Allen was ready to pass along some age-old advice for those who’d be targeting woodcock.   But the day before this year’s season began, much of the state absorbed torrential rain — and Allen’s tune changed. […]

Wildlife biologist expects average bird-hunting season in Maine

Officially, Brad Allen is a wildlife biologist. Come this time of year, though, he admits that he sometimes sounds like a meteorologist. “I hate to be a weatherman to predict game bird biologists, but [the weather] is so important,” said Allen, the bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Today’s […]

Biologist expects fair bird season

For the past few years, bird hunters in northern Maine have enjoyed the best of times: Ruffed grouse have been most plentiful in the big commercial forests of Aroostook County. When this year’s upland bird hunting season kicks off on Tuesday, the state’s top bird biologist expects that trend to continue. Unfortunately, he also expects […]

Looking for woodcock? Check the migration map

Spend a bit of time around hardcore bird hunters — especially those who spend hours afield with their well-trained dogs — and you’ll hear one phrase repeated time and time again. That phrase: “Flight birds.” As in, “I don’t think the flight birds are in yet.” Or, “Last year we hit it perfect, just as […]