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ACP230
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Posted - September 15 2018 :  9:23:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looked like the opener was going to be rained out for a while.
Then the weather cleared.
It was hot but there was a bit of breeze. I stayed in the
shade as much as I could. Some trees had changed color but
not many leaves had fallen. Lots of green leaves still.

Saw a flight of sandhill cranes, and something that might have been a mink, marten, or small fox. Just got a glimpse so couldn't tell.

After walking for an hour, or more, jumped one grouse. It made a turn just as I shot so no grouse in the freezer today.
More rain in the forecast, unfortunately.

Good to have avoided a rain out and started fall.

"Never part with your weapons when you are in the field. You never know when, on some lengthy plain, you may suddenly need your spear." Old Norse saying.

Jim Higginbotham
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USA
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Posted - September 16 2018 :  08:11:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never hunted grouse, but a close friend who hunts them in Eastern KY, and is an excellent wing shot, says it is about the hardest bird to hit he has ever hunted (he regularly hunts quail, dove and has occasionally hunted pheasant).

Sounds like fun and any time spent in the woods in pursuit of dinner is time well spent, whether you bag the game or not.

Jim H.

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gauchobill
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Posted - September 16 2018 :  09:41:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you want to find out how good (or bad) a shot you are, try shooting snipe in Florida's marshy areas-----a small bird with a constantly errratic flying trajectory. This snipe is REAL, not the imaginary one you used to take someone "snipe hunting" so they could "hold the bag" for the snipe to run into. Good to eat, but it takes a lot to make a meal.
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LittleBill
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Posted - September 16 2018 :  7:05:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From Wikipedia:

“The verb "to snipe" originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India in reference to shooting snipes, which was considered an extremely challenging game bird for hunters. The agent noun "sniper" appears by the 1820s. The term sniper was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".”


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Edited by - LittleBill on September 16 2018 7:07:13 PM
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LittleBill
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Posted - September 16 2018 :  7:13:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Then there’s the usage of “grouse” to mean “to complain or grumble.”

Considering how hard they are to hit, it’s not hard to imagine how that might have come into being following unsuccessful grouse hunts....


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"There are some ideas so foolish, that only an intellectual could believe them"--- George Orwell

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Edited by - LittleBill on September 16 2018 7:16:03 PM
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ACP230
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Posted - September 18 2018 :  4:47:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Went out again Monday and saw a flicker and some unidentified small brown
birds. Heard some geese but didn't see them. No grouse.
Real quiet out compared to Saturday.

"Never part with your weapons when you are in the field. You never know when, on some lengthy plain, you may suddenly need your spear." Old Norse saying.
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ACP230
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Posted - September 25 2018 :  12:41:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's been a very quiet season so far.
With lots of rain days keeping me out of the woods.
Yesterday the biggest excitement was jumping a great
blue heron off of a creek. I heard it start flying
and put the gun up but it was way too big and too blue
to be a grouse.

"Never part with your weapons when you are in the field. You never know when, on some lengthy plain, you may suddenly need your spear." Old Norse saying.
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Chris Christian
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USA
3362 Posts

Posted - September 25 2018 :  1:03:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ACP230

It's been a very quiet season so far.
With lots of rain days keeping me out of the woods.
Yesterday the biggest excitement was jumping a great
blue heron off of a creek. I heard it start flying
and put the gun up but it was way too big and too blue
to be a grouse.



Yeah. But they taste just like chicken.

Reminds me of the old joke about the game warden who stopped a guy coming out of the woods with a buzzard slung over his shoulder.
The warden then asked him "Why in heaven's name would you shoot that disgusting thing?"
The 'hunter's' response was... "Well, if ya fix 'em right they taste just like Bald Eagle."

OOPS.

Chris Christian
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Deputy25
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USA
960 Posts

Posted - September 25 2018 :  2:43:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
West Nile virus has hit the grouse population in Pennsylvania hard. Rare to get a flush now even in good habitat.

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Chris Christian
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USA
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Posted - September 25 2018 :  2:48:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is alarming. I wasn't aware that a more or less solitary forest fowl like a grouse (or turkey) could get that disease. I thought it was more confined to captive flocks. Is there any research as to how this could have happened? I'm actually being serious here. I would like to know.

Chris Christian
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ACP230
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Posted - September 25 2018 :  9:53:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have it in Michigan too but, as far as I know, it hasn't done a lot of
damage to the grouse population here yet.

"Never part with your weapons when you are in the field. You never know when, on some lengthy plain, you may suddenly need your spear." Old Norse saying.
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ACP230
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Posted - October 22 2018 :  5:37:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A real disappointing season this year.
Rain, snow and wind all over the second half of October.
Doesn't look like it's going to be much better as the month
closes out.

I did jump four grouse the last time I got out. One must have been 35 yards
away. The other three were closer but all got up behind evergreens, or
other thick stuff. Never actually saw any of them.

"Never part with your weapons when you are in the field. You never know when, on some lengthy plain, you may suddenly need your spear." Old Norse saying.
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Deputy25
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USA
960 Posts

Posted - October 22 2018 :  10:53:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chris, Pennsylvania Game Commission research on Ruffed Grouse and West Nile virus shows recovery is quicker in areas where grouse habitat is healthier and more suitable to the birds. The birds recover more quickly in areas of suitable habitat. This clearly sounds obvious, and it is. Grouse in areas of poorer habitat are much less likely to withstand the stresses of the West Nile infection. Problem is, grouse flush rates are down over much of the state. We continue to have an open season statewide, but grouse hunters are clearly recognizing the stress on the resource and are responding accordingly.

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Frogfoot
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USA
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Posted - October 23 2018 :  01:35:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Most of the Ruffed Grouse I've seen taken are collected with deer rifles. When out deer hunting, they can often be spotted hanging around in the trees or strutting around on the ground at least in the areas I've hunted. My uncle once got a double with a .270, cleanly shooting their heads off. Marvelously tasty. Much more tender and better tasting than chicken in my opinion.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. - Sir Winston Churchill
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