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Woodcock. Hunting for traction.

If spring hunting for capercaillie current can be defined as the most difficult and labor; on a black grouse, as the most spectacular and funniest; hunting with decoy, as the most “loud”; then the woodcock hunt for traction will undoubtedly be the most romantic. It is no accident that Russian poets wrote so many enthusiastic lines about this hunt.

Awakening of the earth after a long winter sleep; bright, juicy smells of a spring forest; its mysterious sounds and rustles, among which, the hunter’s ear suddenly distinguishes the familiar “croak” … Yes, it’s time to write poetry yourself!

The name of this bird is woodcock, came from German. In literal translation, it means “forest sandpiper”. Woodcock, the only bird from the waders order, which lives and nests in fairly strong forests, as a rule, in damp, sparsely visited, overgrown with dense small forests places, near small rivers and streams.

Woodcock – migratory bird, flies to its nesting sites in late March – early April (in the central regions of Russia), gradually moving to the northern regions until early May. Flies to winter depending on the weather condition, from about the end of September. Winters in the Caucasus, the southern coast of Crimea, in Central Asia.

Spring traction is the mating game of forest waders. (By the way, the word didn’t happen at all. Woodcock On the traction from a certain male “craving” to the fair sex, and from the verb “pull”, which on the hunting slang means a slow flight of this bird). With the onset of dusk, woodcocks in search of a pair fly around a part of the forest, making sounds defined by hunters as “croaking” and “chirping” (the male sniffles and clums; the female only clangs). This is what the hunt is for. Hiding behind any shelter (a bush or a small tree so that the bird does not notice the hunter from afar), carefully listening and observing, the hunter waits for the loafer to arrive and shoots, letting him to the required distance. For woodcock hunting, shot No. 7-8 is used.

From year to year, woodcock cravings happen in the same places they love. If you are lucky enough to find such a place and use it wisely, it will be quite possible to bequeath to your grandchildren.

Typically, traction passes in mixed and deciduous forests, in which there are many light forests, clearings and gaps, on overgrowing burns and clearings, along the border of mossy swamps and coniferous forests, along the floodplains of small forest rivers. I strongly advise, in places of continuous forest massifs, to examine felling along the power transmission line, especially this works in Siberia.

And the most ideal option is a place where a solid forest, adjacent to the valley of a small river, ends with a swampy birch or other light forest. In this case, the birds pull along the edge of the forest and along the floodplain of the river, the space is quite open, good visibility and audibility. And trees shorter in such places make hunting much easier, as waders always fly over their very tops.

Woodcocks are most active in quiet, warm and clear evenings. It has long been observed that the quieter and warmer the evening, the waders pull lower, much more often and more willingly along the Woodcocks they voice. In cloudy but calm weather, with a small rain falling, traction is also good. But in freezing weather, inclement weather, with strong winds, rain and snowfall, there is practically no traction.

Craving happens not only in the evening, but also in the morning. Morning hunting is practically not practiced by anyone, because woodcocks at this time pull in complete darkness, which does not allow a successful, aimed shot. But, as time for finding a new place of traction, determining its boundaries, morning, by experienced hunters, is used quite often. As a rule, woodcocks fly one at a time. If two or three birds fly, then the young hunter needs to know that the first, chased by the males, always flies the female. Let’s guys follow the rules of hunting, do not shoot spring females, the successors of the glorious kind of forest waders!

The name of this bird is woodcock, came from German. In literal translation, it means “forest sandpiper”. Woodcock, the only bird from the waders order, which lives and nests in fairly strong forests, as a rule, in damp, sparsely visited, overgrown with dense small forests places, near small rivers and streams.

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