Hal Haverstick, a member of the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation, said early training for your bird dog is essential.
'A trained dog hunts for you,' Haverstick said. 'It also keeps your dog in hunting condition with proper training.Using a dog adds to the hunt.I consider my dog part of the hunt.A good dog helps you find more birds and makes sure you don't lose birds once they're shot.'Haverstick
is looking forward to the statewide grouse season (Sept. 15 to Nov. 14) and the statewide woodcock season (Sept. 22 to Nov. 5).There's also a late grouse season Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, 2008.
'What I like best about hunting ruffed grouse and woodcock is the time of the season,' he
said. 'The trees changing colors, the fall mornings, and just being outdoors is what it's about.