Where to hunt Woodcock
Woodcock is the largest member of the snipe family. Two slightly different species inhabit North America and Eurasia. Both prefer forests and woods to marshes and swamps, but needs wet ground it could stick its long beak into searching for worms and insects. It spends summers in the north, and migrates to warmer, preferably seaside, territories for the winter months. Woodcock hunting opportunities exist all over Europe. In America, most woodcock hunting opportunities center around New England in the USA, and New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec in Canada.
Woodcock hunting opportunities start at about $250 a hunter a day. For a fully guided hunt that includes the use of the outfitter’s pointers and lodging, expect to pay $2,000 or so. This should cover a few days of hunting with 20-30 points a day. Woodcock hunting is sometimes included into a package with more expensive hunting quarries, such as bear or capercaillie, and the most expensive offers you see on BookYourHunt.com woodcock hunting page are of this variety.
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Some European countries have a limited spring season for capercaillie, black grouse, and other birds – including woodcock. Spring woodcock hunting scenes can be found in many works of classic Russian literature, including Anna Karenina. This hunt makes a natural addition to capercaillie, black grouse and bear hunts.April 27, 2017 Hunting on the Side: Three Ways to Add Variety to Your Russian Capercaillie and Black Grouse Hunt
When to hunt Woodcock?
There isn’t usually a special woodcock season, but the best time for woodcock hunting is centered around the migration. Woodcock remain in their habitat until the land is frozen over, and feed actively to accumulate enough fat for migration. When a cold front pushes the migratory birds from the north, and they join the local birds in an area where they may stay for a few more days, comes the best woodcock hunting time. At the wintering grounds woodcock hunting continues into the new year. Some European countries have a limited spring season as well.
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The way to hunt woodcock is by walking them up with dogs. Some prefer pointing dogs, and others swear by spaniels and other flashes, but a good nose and a better discipline is more important than the choice of breed. You might occasionally stumble on a congregation of a few dozens of migratory woodcock, where you don’t need a dog to limit out, but this is a rare treat that Fates usually reserve for local hunters. Hunters can usually find signs of woodcock presence in an area by looking for footprints and peculiar holes they make when sticking their beak in the ground near forest roads and springs. Some Eastern European countries preserve the old tradition of hunting woodcock in spring during their mating flight.
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There’s a story about a hunter whose heart began to beat so hard every time his dog made a point over a woodcock that he was afraid he might have a heart attack. It was so bad that he had to sell the dog and quit woodcock hunting. Whether it is true or not, there’s no denial that woodcock hunting is one of the most emotional pursuits, with or without bird dogs. It is a great challenge for both the dog, that must do its job even as the handler may be completely hidden from sight and out of hearing range. It’s a great challenge for a shotgunner, too – woodcocks are expert at evading the shot behind bushes and trees. No wonder some people make long journey to places where there are big densities of migratory woodcock. You will find woodcock hunting scenes in classic Russian and French literature, and woodcock was one of the most prized delicacies on the menu of old Europe, too.
VIP exclusive hunting experience 3 days accomodation / 2 days hunt. Hunting by stalking, driven with dogs or high seats, trophy fees are extra. Hunting season: Wild goose 01.09 – 15.12 Pheasant 01.09 – 01.03 Duck 15.08 – 15.12 Partridge 01.09 – 01.12 Woodcock 15.08 – 01.12 Wood pigeon 15.08 – 01.12
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 1 September 2019 15 December 2019
Woodcock 5 Day Hunt '19 Canada
Woodcock hunting is done right on our territories between the end of September and the end of October, with every week bringing its lot of challenges and loads of woodcock flights. The American Woodcock is a little know migratory species to Québec small game hunters, which is one of the reasons its population is so abundant. It returns to Québec each Spring from the American South-East to breed and leaves again at the first signs of cold in October. The birds usually return each year to the place they were born. 4 1/2 Woodcock hunting days and 1/2 day fishing or goose hunting or duck hunting. In Canada Certain small game species are subject to bag and possession limits. Daily woodcock bag for non-residents is 4 per day and 24 possession. 8 per day for residents of Canada. Species to hunt (woodcock, partridge, hare, great canadian geese and duck) but we concentrate on woodcock and partridge mostely
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 16 September 2019 27 October 2019
Northern Reindeer (Siberia, lake Baikal) Russia
The most interesting and effective way of hunting in winter snow, under the wind hunting down the binoculars and carefully concealing the beast. Trekking is possible from 1-6km from base camp. A sound approach to the animal will provide our guides-the Evenki, the experience of hunting which is thousands years old. The approach depends on the weather conditions and the potential for a good shot, usually up to 100m. Winter hunting is the most interesting, dynamic and profitable because in this time is the migration of large forest deer in places they can access and quick snowmobile gives you a sure chance to get a decent copy. Hunting is carried out by the method of stalking the herd and surge hunters exactly exhibited at the rooms. Individual hunting with the approach on skis 1PH/1Hunter. For hunting in a forest reindeer, it is necessary to have rifles of a calibre not less than 7,62х51мм, optical sight. Camouflage color hunting season, warm, not rattling comfortable clothes designed for pace. to -5°C and fall to -30°C in winter.
Trip duration: 7 - 10 days
Hunting season: 1 September 2019 28 February 2020
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