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Most of the hunting community is focused on big game hunting. Its time to look towards small game hunting to bring more people to hunting. I have had the opportunity lately to talk to a lot of the older generation of hunters. They have reminisced about when they where a little younger and the joy of small game hunting. Most conversation have started due to hunting dogs. Flooding back memories for them of time spent behind dogs. They all talk about how small game was some of there fondest times hunting.
     The reason hunting small game can bring new hunters to the fields and Forrest is the dogs and the community of the hunters. When you get involved with hunting dogs the resources can be endless and new hunter friendly. There are groups for beagles, pointing dogs, flushing dogs, and retrievers. Dog clubs are a good place to start if you have a passion for dogs but not sure what you would like to be involved in. There are aways friendly people willing to show the ropes and maybe…

The Time Is Now

Is the game you pursue really still in a down year? We have to come to a realisation that in some places these animals can't be sustained in this modern day culture. The habitat many of them live in is being mismanaged or destroyed.
     It's time to protect what land we have from being destroyed and manage the land we have left. The 30 acres my house is on has been mismanaged for a long time. The previous owner let it become big forest with no under growth for Animals of all kinds to thrive in. Over the winter I will be coming up with a management plan that will start in the spring so animals can thrive here once again. If you are a Land owner my hope is that you will start manging the resource you have.
     The destroying of habitat is something hard to over come with a growing population in different areas. One thing I think could help is buying used house instead of building new. What about buying old abandon or fallen down house and build new there instead of remo…

Guns for small game

The first gun I ever used was a .410 single shot. I harvested my first ruffed grouse with it. There a are a lot of found memories with that gun it has alot of personal value as it has been handed down through my family. It was a nice little gun for riding the roads but I was longing for something different.
     I switched to a single 20 gauge. The advantage was it could reach a little further. It was a good gun that harvested a lot of birds but had a fixed full choke. It turned out to be a nice road gun also.
    A few years into hunting with my French Brittany's I decided all guns where not created equal. There were a few features I was needing in my gun. I needed a choke that wasn't full also more then one shot. So I made the switch to my duck gun a 12 gauge pump. It had the things I was looking for a screw in choke then I could decide the pattern for the hunt i was on and it also had three shots with the plug in it. The gun worked well for my needs but there were sti…

My dogs

I started hunting with dogs about five years ago. My passion for hunting and love for dogs came together to make time in the field more enjoyable. There has been a lot of mistakes made in my short time of having hunting dogs but the rewards of pushing past them have been many.
     My first hunting breed was a French Brittany named Gauge. He is now five. As My first dog I have trained I think I did everything possible to screw him up. Now in his fith year of hunting he is finally starting to point and get what hunting is about. He has become proof of if you work hard and don't give up it's never to late to for dog to catch on despite thier age or trainer.
     It was a year after getting Gauge I had to have another. I got another French brittany named Autumn. Deciding I did such a good job screwing one dog up I thought I would try training another. In her fourth year hunting she does a decent job finding birds and sometimes pointing.
     Last year I had the opportunit…

Hunting camp

Sometimes in life you have to face the struggle between Bird numbers and days gone by. This weekend was one of those times. The choice was clear hunting camp reminiscing of days gone by and memory's of those no longer here.
     The grouse numbers may be down but the memories are plentiful. Time spent with family and friends. Memories of first birds ever shot to last rides ever taken. It's times like this when you can almost feel those who passed in the truck beside you. It always brings me back to my grandfather's moose hunt, my first bird harvested, friends first birds and the time spent.
    We could have struck off to where the birds we're pentiful as there number seem to be up. Instead we flushed one bird over the weekend and talked about the memories of old. I hope every grouse Hunter can have place like this . A place that ingrains life long bonds with those that mean the most.

                                                Jon

Welcome to Hunt Small Game

I have been hunting small game for 20 years. The first small game I ever harvested was a ruff grouse on a Maine moose hunt. That grouse would ingrain the love for small game hunting.
   The goal of this site is to share my hunting stories. Also dive into the world of small game. The way we hunt,  the conservation of the game we harvest , the gear used to pursue small game, and preparing it for the table.
    When I started hunting small game it was by riding the roads in the north maine woods looking for ruff grouse. I now hunt behind dogs for grouse and snowshoe hare. I look forward to sharing with all of you my stories from the field
                                 Thanks Jon