Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
I have hunted grouse for 50 years. Love it. Almost all of them with pretty good dogs. If I get 1 maybe 2 its a great day. Most days are 0. I don't remember getting more than 3 even on all day hunts in really good grouse habitat and numbers. I did get my limit (5) once in my life. Total fluke because I ran into a covey that flushed 1 by 1 in a pretty open area for shooting. I had just bought a brand new Franchi shotgun. One and only time I actually shot really good. Never before and never since. I had one that morning, 3 in the covey and one late in the day. Cut the daily to two would be fine with me. One could put me out of the woods pretty quick if I happened to be lucky that day. But I could live with one.
Have to totally agree....change the daily bag limit but allow the later season. Most of the time the later season is iffy anyway. Cold and snow make hunting grouse few and far between on days you can actually hunt. But I like being out when the weather permits. I very rarely kill many grouse in the late season but its a great time to hunt and just be in the woods with the dog.
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.