My excuse was that I didn't want to shoot a bird that hadn't been pointed by the dog. The embarrassing reality is that I'd been caught off guard. It was my first grouse hunt, and I wasn't prepared for the surprise of the flush. That was a tough lesson, but it wasn't the only one I learned during that trip to the hallowed grouse and woodcock coverts of Wisconsin's north country. Here are some more hits and misses that, if you'll consider before you reach the woods, should help you bag more early-season birds.
HIT - Being Aggressive**
There's no place for methodical shooting when hunting grouse and woodcock. There's no time for the shot to develop, as with long, loping shots on the sporting clays course. Grouse and woodcock are fast, and they live in dense cover. But you don't have to be a snap shooter to be successful. You just have to be aggressive. When the dog goes on point, you should have nothing on your mind but finding that bird. The sooner you see it, the sooner you can move for it. Visualize beating the bird to the treetops with your gun.