Partridge Country- A Northwoods Partridge Hunting Story

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The culture of Partridge Hunting.

Partridge Country is a cultural exploration of the traditions of Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock hunting in northern New England without the use of dogs. Join Natural Born Hunter Podcast host Will Bradley as  he submerges himself into Partridge hunting as it is referred to by the locals. Will is able to submerge himself in the past times and traditions of local Partridge hunting to understand deeper how traditions alter from one region to the next.

“You surround yourself with great people, in a great place, you are going to have a great experience. – Will Bradley

Many of us call it Ruffed Grouse Hunting, but to some partridge hunting is embedded into who they are. This is not about which way is better or which way is right. But to celebrate the traditions of bird hunting no matter how different, unusual, or old they may be.

“I took special note of that colloquialism because partridge hunting is also what they call it in northern Wisconsin, where I grew up hunting grouse. At least that was how my elders referred to it. Although where Vallee says “pahtridge hunting” with his New England accent, my Wisconsin grandfather emphasized the hard R, with “partridge”.

“My family also didn’t hunt grouse with dogs. We walked them up just like Vallee does. But not because of any sense of disapproval for their use – I’d love to hunt with a dog sometime – but more because of simple practicality and circumstance. – Wide Open Spaces

‘Project Upland’ is a bird hunting videos initiative to help promote the future of upland bird hunting through bird hunting videos, online blogs and other media outlets. Geared to not only capture the essence of the “Grouse Woods” it seeks to inspire a future generation of upland bird hunters in all sporting traditions. Whatever your game from Pheasants to Ruffed Grouse these are your stories of the bird hunting videos epic series.

Last modified: March 18, 2018

3 Responses to :
Partridge Country- A Northwoods Partridge Hunting Story

  1. Dave says:

    Spot on how it goes from my experience began hunting grouse in Southeastern Ohio in my youth and this is exactly how we accomplished it. Now I’m nearly fifty seven and live in Indiana a state that recently closed its grouse hunting season so I travel to the “North Woods” annually to share this experience with my fellow grouse hunters!

  2. Michael Leedahl says:

    AMEN!! Well done. I still hunt without a dog after 47 years. Never felt handicapped at all. You know the land, find and see things pthers might not by staying closer to the trails. A few years ago here in MN, where some only road hunt from ATVs I ram into a guy who complained about having to drive 50 miles before he got his limit of five birds. We laughed when he drove away; we had been walking only two hours and had two in the bag. Bird numbers were down that year. Love what you’re doing, keep it up!! (Thanks a lot watching the video raised my heart rate and grouse opener is still a month away!)

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