Fall Ruffled Grouse

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by Mr.wiskers592, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. Mr.wiskers592

    Mr.wiskers592 New Member

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    the only bird that is plentiful around these parts is the partridge, in other words( ruffled Grouse) but there smarter than anything. As soon as they here you coming they take off before you can see them. Is there any tricks for hunting these wing beating pigens?
     
  2. bull_head

    bull_head New Member

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    where are you located at mr wiskers ...

    some areas allow you to hunt with a good bird dog ...
    either a Labrador or a Pointer ... if you can use a bird
    dog this would the way to go ...

    Grouse are sneaky most of the time its rare to catch
    one on the ground ... and most hunters wont shoot
    a Grouse on the ground for ethical reasons ... but
    as I said if you can use a bird dog you got half the battle
    solved ... a good bird dog will either flush the bird for you
    or at least point the bird for you ...

    if you cant use a good bird dog in your area ... then
    my suggestion is to slow your pace down walking ...
    and hit the spruce trees more ... Grouse love to sit
    on either spruce , pine or fir trees ... I know you might
    get beat up a bit more going throu the cover but its worth
    it in the long run ...

    hope this helps your quest for your hunting adventure
     

  3. Mr.wiskers592

    Mr.wiskers592 New Member

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    thanks for the advice, and yes i do have a bird dog, its a German Shorthair Pointer. I live up around binghamton NY, in bainbridge, the grouse want even let you get near them more then 50 feet. I dont think we were with the dog though.
     
  4. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    I used to hunt north of there near Ft Covington and it seemed like every time I went grouse hunting they would scare me to death because I would only be within 10' of them before they flew away. By the time you realize whats going on they were out of range. I just walk at a slow pace and try to look at everything to try and spot them before they fly away. Sometimes I would get them and sometimes not but it was fun. Try to find some cedar trees, they love cedar trees for some reason. Since you have a dog it should help out a lot. Good luck