The ethics of hunting for traction

Male or female?Photo: Rep Jury For a long time it was believed that if a hunter drawn swooped couple woodcocks, it is best to refrain from firing, in an extreme case, you vytselivat second bird, since it is a male. So we do recommend VE German, VF Ryabov, GE Rachmaninoff, and with them all hunting aids 50–80s. They were very correct advice: better to be safe than to make a mistake and kill the female.In fact, by no means always a pair of flying woodcocks – is male and female. Most often there are two males, and this flight – only aggressive pursuit of one another. Read more [...]
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Hunt down the invisibility

It is known that the woodcock - secretive bird. Ups suddenly from under the feet and then, deftly maneuvering between the trunks of trees in the forest disappears. And only have time to notice the flash of camouflage-red coloring but sticking down a long nose.Woodcock claims his visits to feeding areas, leaving road and paw prints hole from a long nose. Only spring This demonstrates the traction sandpiper themselves patrolling in the forest tract looking for females. And in this time of transient spring twilight the richness in colors the Read more [...]
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Duck stuffed woodcocks …

Pluck, singeing inside and out, prepare drakes and woodcocks. Toppings for a duck today and woodcock.That is, we farshiruem duck woodcock.Like this:Nuance: you abundantly duck inside with salt (or woodcock - from the outside) Season with salt and pepper. But it is not necessary to push Lavrushka. Lavrushka - superfluous. Adding only that:That something like this get a close-up:Fry in a pan ham or bacon:Add the carrots to the onion:It is important that the bow was not much not to kill the smell Dichin. Cook over low heat until here this state:And close cooked garnish with duck Woodcock:Now the time. Read more [...]
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Roast. Woodcocks. Roast — grouse

"I will be brief" (p.) ... I do not remember who said :) Take woodcock and grouse. Fry!Roast venison (15 photos)It turns out something like this(it is for «seed». While preparing hot. In order not to miss)Roast venison (15 photos)FurtherRoast venison (15 photos)Roast venison (15 photos)GrouseRoast venison (15 photos)Fried mushrooms noble!Roast venison (15 photos)Roast venison (15 photos)Potatoes roasted to a crisp MANDATORY!Not finely cut parsley deliciousRoast venison (15 photos)We put everything in the iron salt and spices (spices each – their). It is advised not to become. Read more [...]
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On draft from Kasyan

I walk for Kasyanov, who occasionally glanced at his portly, slightly hunched figure, tired gait of a person's life. I am admiring spring landscape. It has been too many years since I was here the first time, but the craving and love for Polesie still alive in me. How many times I was carried away here in my dreams many times seen in his imagination, and the forest with birch on the selvages, and the dirt road extending to the eel, the last year covered matted grass. And it's great that finally broke out of the world around you barricade, rallies on the Maidan, chatty parliamentary Read more [...]
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Five days in Vologda

Part 2 …Finally, the river makes a sharp turn, forming lowland awaited spill! Stealthily approach Bank and We look around. Spill on our shore and shallow clean, leaving the left the forest with flooding decreasing depth. There in flooded forest, hiding the whole game! The naked eye can see that part of the field undrowned — a great place to pull! FROM enthusiastically build a hut in the middle of two young trees. Hand packed, eyes stoned — tent is ready! Masha planted on water and, crouching, running into cover. Read more [...]
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And an excerpt!

The easier it is to take a woodcock spring, the harder it is to do it in the fall. For reaching raised no more than one weevil. Every time a bird sitting in a jumper between the forest of tall birch and melyatnikom, keep away, and suddenly takes off, taking cover behind the nearest branches.Photo Galina Titovets Of the nine climbs only twice sandpiper framed. The first time the dog squeezed it on field, and he was forced to return to the bottom thickets. On the second will focus in more detail. Early November was like October. The whole day was a Twilight weather oppressive Read more [...]
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Woodcock in the Tver region

Ringed woodcock in the Tver region, we started with the surroundings Orshinskogo Moss, but in a few years there is a herd of cows had been eliminated, and after that feeding grounds of birds have declined. I had to look for another place.Photo Peter Zverev After wanderings in Management Area agriculture great difficulty, finally, we found an area with a collective farm, which has a herd of cows several hundred heads. Earth in this collective farm While yes, and Now even look real «oasis» including turns in woods and fields meadows. Read more [...]
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Accounting — 2015. Link without blood

Accounting for woodcock during the summer draft in 2015, could not be allocated among followed the set of counts held in the past, but some circumstances forced me it's still do. First, abnormally dry, cold, and prolonged with little water spring, which does not like to remember Can not. Secondly, where I had to account in Over the past few weeks it was cool and dry weather, which also does not could not exert influence on the behavior of woodcocks. So when I June 12 left his home in the village Staritsa district of Tver region about 19-00, Read more [...]
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Woodcocks are in no hurry

Spring is late, most of the birds are not in a hurry with the arrival. The "horn" number 11 in the article "Early Easter-early spring? 'We suggested that the spring will be protracted. All the hunters eagerly await the appearance of the first and beginning of the woodcock traction. Unfortunately, scientists still know little about how exactly is the span when the birds start to wintering how quickly they come to their breeding grounds in different regions. It is not clear whether to stay on the very first who arrived breeding woodcock, or they span, and local fly later?On these Read more [...]
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Woodcocks wintering in France

A characteristic feature of the present wintering woodcock in France - its uneven occurrence. Typically, in the north, northeast and central France woodcock winters in smaller numbers than in the south and southeast of the country. Photo Richard SCHMIDT This year, everything turned the other way around.This is due to the weather. Autumn and early winter in France and in most of western Europe were exceptionally mild and rainy. But in the last days of December came the winter cold, covering mainly the south and south-east of the country.Impact on woodcock winter cold snap has been Read more [...]
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On spring migration

We offer readers the "horn" excerpt from the book VN Kaverzneva "cocking", released in 1931 and has become a rarity. Observations of the author, and are relevant for this spring.We have, in the middle part of the Soviet Union, woodcock appears in spring while at expression of LL Feta, too dark circles in the sun forest trees around, and when the first thawed, ie Only when nature begins to change your winter look.Please come to We separate, isolated individuals and placed on thawed on selvages southern stingrays our groves and forests, especially Read more [...]
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Traction

In the north of Russia in the taiga forests Rod Woodcock occurs mainly in river valleysPhoto: Luc Demalorthy Woodcocks prefer to fly around in the first place those forest areas where the probability of encountering females. Among these are primarily opushechnaya area of ​​forest in the border zone with open spaces: meadows, edges of meadows, strips of alder and birch forests and thickets of bushes, overgrown felling of different ages.Males are willing to overfly areas of adult forests with a dense network of forest roads, as well as crossing the glades, limiting forest districts, Read more [...]
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For a goose in Ivanovo

Lipetsk goose try we could not, therefore, rested a few days, set off towards the Ivanovo luck and loyal friendsauthor photo Before Ivanov road passed quickly. On Monday, April 19, we were not given the permit, citing sanitary day. Calm, the weather was bad and the goose was not visible. On Tuesday, April 20, defended a half hours in the bank and paid 400 rubles, came with a receipt back to society, and finally received the long-awaited tour.In the evening, we decided to go for traction, although the weather was, to say the least, inappropriate. But Woodcock drew surprisingly good. Read more [...]
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Woodcocks in pots

Yesterday I tried a simple and delicious recipe from valdshnepov.Po it can be equally well prepared in the spring of birds caught in the autumn. The big difference is not. Let's get started.Take the rate of forest waders ¾ bird on a pot.No, no, Kurzhaar today we are not going to cook. From this picture just for beauty :)Singeing birds, eviscerated carcass and cut into 4 pieces. Salt, pepper to taste.Fry on a rapid fire in vegetable oil until golden brown.While postponing roasted meat aside.Shinkuem onion half-rings at the rate of one large onion into four birds. Cut the bacon. Too small.Fry Read more [...]
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«Soup» of the woodcock

Today, my friends, I offer you a very simple but very tasty and satisfying recipe. For cooking, we will undoubtedly need woodcocks. I took the fall birds extracted from the setter on vysypkah. But spring sandpiper is fine. Three birds quite enough to feed three people fill. Do not be surprised! Yes, three small «kudyablikov» It would be sufficient. And help us in this pasta!So, take the birds, they are washed well under running water. You can chop into portions, you can use whole carcasses.Fill the meat with three liters of cold water and put the pot over high heat. To obtain a clear Read more [...]
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Attention hunters woodcocks with geolokatorami!

This winter in Western Europe, where our winter woodcock, continued not only ringing, tagging and woodcock with special devices to track the exact migration routes.Satellite broadcasters, while transmitting information on finding birds online, are very expensive, rather bulky and are used mainly for larger birds. Nevertheless, over the last 3 years in the UK, France, Italy and Spain, they were flagged 57 woodcocks.Scientists have come to the aid of miniature geolokatory working on the principle of the registrar of the luminous flux. Geolokator is a small transparent box with an antenna, and an Read more [...]
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How will fly first woodcock?

"And it will fly at all?" - Think hunters are often wrong in choosing the place to draft. Photo: Rep Jury «Do not raid the first, second raid». – think of good sporting dog owners, for which the effective time of the shot is not important. The dog will find not only a purely broken woodcocks, but catch a wounded animal, even in total darkness.But for hunters who do not have dogs, and over the years, visual acuity decreases, especially the twilight, the time of production of the first woodcock is crucial, because often the first woodcock swooped still light, and Read more [...]
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Banding birds

Since 1994, the ringing of woodcock in Russia are engaged in two independent research groupsPhoto: Petr Zverev Banding birds, including hunting species is widespread in Europe. Thanks to ringing, clarify many previously hidden aspects lifestyle birds territorial connection, attachment breeding sites and wintering areas and migration routes, flight speed, and causes of death much more.The originality of the works is ringing that, gathering scientific information about hunting species of birds not involved only researchers Read more [...]
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The behavior of the woodcock

In ethology – the science of animal behavior, there is a provision that has the most direct relationship to traction. From this it follows that the males occupy different ranks in the hierarchy prevailing in the deadlift.photo: Michael Semin However, some individuals can have the same rank. Depending on of the levels that take the birds in a hierarchical system, they have different rank-order potentials, in other words, unequal-confidence. The highest ranked potential inherent in adult individuals.It involves conflict and the amount of tension on draught. The higher the rank Read more [...]
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