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post Oct 9 2010, 03:04 AM
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I thought our grouse population on the properties I hunt,was gonna be a down this year. The past few trips to a couple of them I flushed several. I had nearly a dozen flush in a patch of white pines,it was like a one after the other. In low population years we don't even hunt them. Do any of you hunt them? Obviously if you live in grouse country. biggrin.gif


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post Oct 9 2010, 10:29 PM
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are you hunting spruce grouse or ruffed grouse? we have a few ruffed grouse here but not enough to hunt, mainly have quail and thats bout it of the small upland birds


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post Oct 10 2010, 01:04 AM
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I used to live in WI and hunted ruffed grouse all the time. According to the wildlife experts, hunting game birds has very little impact on the overall population. If there are a lot of birds, there will be a relatively high hunter take, but if there aren't many birds, then the take is relatively small. Obviously there are restrictions (bag limits) to keep people from blasting a population into oblivion, but you really don't have to worry about harming the overall population by hunting them for a couple wknds a year. The normal population fluctuations far outweigh the hunter impact.

On another note, we were seeing quite a few spruce/dusky/blue grouse this year during archery season in CO and I had never hunted or eaten one, so I took the broadhead off of my arrow and shot one with just the open end. The arrow broke it's neck nicely (no ruined meat) and the taste reminded me of ruffed grouse. Next year, I'll probably shoot a few more if they are around again. I even bought a judo point just in case I can't replicate my perfect shot this year.


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post Oct 10 2010, 04:44 PM
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Oh I should have specified,oops. Ruffed grouse around here. The spruce grouse are further upstate.


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post Oct 12 2010, 08:02 PM
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From what I understand grouse populations run a 10 year cycle of ups and downs. Here in MN we are at about the peak of the current cycle. I have been seeing a lot of grouse this year.
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post Oct 12 2010, 10:42 PM
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post Oct 14 2010, 11:31 PM
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I've hunted grouse since I was old enough to, always fun and scares the crap out of you when you flush one close to your feet. I'm usually too scared to hit em hahaha


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post Oct 17 2010, 11:37 PM
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We usually hunt them along with rabbits in February. Last Feb. we flushed a bunch of them, but couldnt connect with any. BTW, we dont use a dog.


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post Oct 18 2010, 03:52 AM
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I found a bunch the last day i was archery hunting elk. Smacked 3 of them with a homemade small game head. Ate them for lunch. Man are they good.


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I found a bunch the last day i was archery hunting elk. Smacked 3 of them with a homemade small game head. Ate them for lunch. Man are they good.

That's what I'm talkin about! wink.gif Seemed like I didn't see as many this year. I guess the numbers might be down a little in my area.


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