Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
I'm not seeing many grouse at all right now. This past winter I was seeing quite a few. But to be fair I have not been in good grouse area's for a while now. Did have a friend who said his wife was driving near Hayward and saw a hen with a brood of 10 crossing the road in front of her. I have seen quite a few turkey hens with small broods, 5-6 chicks. Usually I see more chicks than that in a brood. Not sure if that transfers to the size and number of grouse chicks.
Any thoughts from the group on the impact of rainfall totals and impact on grouse nesting and chick survival this year? Saw a 30 day rain total map this week that showed as much as 20 inches of rain in some of the prime cover area we hunt in the Northwoods. The same map showed 1-2 inches in lower Michigan and the east end of the UP. Grouse hunters there are reporting seeing good numbers of chicks and broods with baseball size birds moving around.
Usually count on seeing a few here and there on the way into town from the flowage. They get busier as the summer winds down. Morning and of course heading into dusk. Along the gravel road to big island, Wilson Lake, etc. Last year the grouse were everywhere pecking away. Then they all but disappeared come the middle of October. Seeing one bird in five days is troubling. Especially when people are actively looking for them.
Per Jaqi Christopher, WI DNR Assistant Upland Ecologist with the Bureau of Wildlife Management: The season dates have not changed as of yet. At the last Natural Resources Board meeting on June 27th, the board passed a motion which would allow them to vote on the season change at a future meeting. They will most likely vote on the rule change at the August meeting or the September meeting. Information on the meetings can be found here: https://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/calendar.html. To submit public comment on the grouse season, you can contact your conservation congress delegates (info here: https://dnr.wi.gov/about/wcc/) or submit comments for the next NRB meeting (info here: https://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/public.html).
SJB and JS you guys touch on reason I love the comedy on Wisconsin public radio. listening to a caller one time who identified herself as a sierra club member and she is emphatic that we must have old growth forest with large trees because this is what the TIMBER wolf prefers for habitat. I was in utter disbelief at that comment but this is what the sierra club does to people and they attract money to influence court decisions and legislation.