#255 | Winter Reading and the Birdshot Podcast Inbox with Nick Larson

Episode 250

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Nick Larson

Nick Larson is the host and creator of the Birdshot Podcast. He and his family, which includes a pair of English setters, reside in Minnesota where he grew up and fell in love with the outdoors. Naturally, his favorite pursuit is upland bird hunting dating back 25+ years from his humble beginnings as a “partridge” hunter. Today, he chases adventure across the uplands wherever his bird dogs and the people he connects with inspire him to go.

A solo episode with host Nick Larson answers some listener questions from the Birdshot Podcast inbox along with pondering winter conditions for ruffed grouse and more.

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  • Dear Nick,

    Please call me. I have shot upland for 57 straight years and have much to share. For instance, I have hunted the same coverts as George Bird Evans being that he is from my hometown and have personal knowledge of him and Kay. I have the only book signed by her (after George died in 1998) called 63 Days in the Blackwater/Canaan (length of WVU hunting season). In fact, tonight I am going to watch woodcock sky dance with his caretaker Lejay Graffious of “Old Hemlock.” Also, the owner of Lion Country Supply is also from my hometown and we have hunted together for decades, I recently had taken him to Canaan Valley to chase upland. I had participated in a 7 year rotational cut in Canaan Valley with Mark Banker, former Chief Biologist of RGS, now heads the Chestnut Society. Today it has now grown out. The best woodcock hunting in that patch was because cows once groomed the habitat. However a Biologist friend of mine from Michigan I hunt w said that method is not ideal because cows may pollute the cover with invasive plants. I have owned Evans ‘ dogs and they were preferred in this area especially since he breed his dogs to an English setter owned by the Pennsylvania Ruffed Grouse President Roy Zimmerman. Further, I bought my first Gordon from “Guru of the Gordons” (Outdoor Life) on the Idaho/Montana border where he witnessed me shoot two double on grouse. I inherited my first two Gordons from a guy who informed me that he was going to get murdered for a debt he owed. In fact, two weeks later he was dead. He said if I die I know you will hunt my dogs more than anyone. I was his lawyer. I have crossed my strain with Dean Freeze several times off your neck of the woods. He has great Gordons.

    If you call I have more to share.


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