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    Saw the episode yesterday. The host said he was using 3 inch 20 gauge shells with 1.25oz #5's. No mention of choke other than the gun had interchangeable chokes. Different strokes, for different folks.
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    I just re-watched that episode. Its got to be my favourite one yet. My dogs liked it too; they got excited when they heard the bells
    Great WC hunting footage (not something you see everyday). Three generations of hunters and you could almost smell the cooking at that gathering. I want to be at that table! I've still a got a few WC in my freezer; got to look up some pâté recipes.

    The comments about habitat were bang on. In southern Ontario we have fields, mature woodlots and hard edges. What we severely lack is young emergent forest. Where some see "scrub" or "slash", those in the know see habitat, habitat, habitat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninepointer View Post
    I just re-watched that episode. Its got to be my favourite one yet. My dogs liked it too; they got excited when they heard the bells
    Great WC hunting footage (not something you see everyday). Three generations of hunters and you could almost smell the cooking at that gathering. I want to be at that table! I've still a got a few WC in my freezer; got to look up some pâté recipes.

    The comments about habitat were bang on. In southern Ontario we have fields, mature woodlots and hard edges. What we severely lack is young emergent forest. Where some see "scrub" or "slash", those in the know see habitat, habitat, habitat.
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    Reminder: woodcock habitat does not require simply young forest.

    For reproduction, we need young forest adjacent to suitable singing fields, and we need lots of singing fields, because male woodcock are territorial.

    Both of these things are in critically low supply throughout much of southern Ontario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welsh View Post
    Reminder: woodcock habitat does not require simply young forest.

    For reproduction, we need young forest adjacent to suitable singing fields, and we need lots of singing fields, because male woodcock are territorial.

    Both of these things are in critically low supply throughout much of southern Ontario.

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    Good point Welsh!

    Bird Studies Canada actually seeks volunteers to conduct woodcock singing ground surveys in the spring: https://oodmag.com/hunting/upland/su...nging-grounds/

    I had contact them about participating, but there were no routes available in my area. I would encourage anyone to look into it; its not a lot of work but it helps assess WC populations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by welsh View Post
    Reminder: woodcock habitat does not require simply young forest.

    For reproduction, we need young forest adjacent to suitable singing fields, and we need lots of singing fields, because male woodcock are territorial.

    Both of these things are in critically low supply throughout much of southern Ontario.

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    Very interesting; I didn't realize that. My best spot though is damp ground under a large young aspen growth surrounded by very large fields so what you are saying is spot on in my case.
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