Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
Probably ironwoods. Leaves like a birch but with scaly bark. Grouse do have some preference to it for food, so I read.
I didnt know this til I researched it last week. Ironwood grows as far south as mexico. I alwasy thought of it as strictly a northern tree. Awesome tree, very hard wood but they dont seem to be highly valued for commercial purposes, maybe cuz it grows so slow.
I live about 20 miles south of Superior . We have about 6-7" of snow on the level . The other day I walked out of the house and spotted 5 grouse feeding in an ironwood tree by the garage . Since then , I have seen them everyday in the yard in various ironwood trees in the afternoon , on their way to roost I suspect . Not sure if the trees are actually ironwoods but, that's what the locals call them . Must be good buds !
Well after 2 days of deer hunting w saw more grouse than deer. Time to go grouse hunting and it was more fun and we stayed warm. It was interesting too. We followed some fresh tracks in the snow leading to a 1500 sq ft patch of black spruce. The dog was excited but wouldnt point. I kept looking into the trees and unable to locate any bird. They had to be here and I stood in that grove for 10 minutes looking. It took 10 minutes and one finally flushed overhead. Shoot and miss. 3 more flushed. More shoot and miss. Twas a good day.
I just got back from a 10 days of hunting in Sawyer, Bayfield and Ashland counties, last year I hunted for 2 weeks. I thought the bird numbers were pretty similar to last year. Worse day moved 7 birds, but the birds were holding good and bagged 3. Best day moved 19 birds bagged 2. My days are typically about 4-5 hours of boots on the ground. Best luck in aspen stands that were broader line getting too big.
I have to agree. You never “lose” while out hunting grouse. You may find yourself humbled by the King of the Uplands. But you cannot lose taking your dog and a shotgun into the woods.
I am very happy with the number of birds this year. I took two people new to the sport out for a couple of days. While they did not connect and bag birds, they got to see the dog work and we sure did have plenty of opportunities. I’m also happy my scouting paid off. I found some new cover and barely scratched the surface in those spots. Tempted to try for one more long weekend before December. My wife is gonna kill me.
Hunted friday and saturday with my son and our dog. A hunt better forgotten as far as shooting skill goes. Plenty of birds, no complaint there. On 2 seperate birds I emptied my 3 shots and whiffed bigtime. These werent difficult shots, maybe 20+ yards out flying crosswise.
On saturday we hunted a 20 acre patch of spruce and popple surrounded by alder/tamarack swamp. No sign of birds so we stopped for a rest and were sitting and talking for maybe 10 minute when one lone bird 15 yards away got up and flew straingt north. We followed him. Dog pointed on the edge of the swamp so son went to the dog and I went 30 yards further to set up for a shot. Son shot, missed. Bird flew 20 yards out from me crosswise and I had a good shot at him. Shot once. The wings stopped beating and bird descended to the edge of swamp. I thought I got him and for half hour dog and I scoured the bog in knee deep water and never found the bird. We got back on dry ground walked 20 yards in the direction of the birds flight along the swamp edge and bird kicks up again. Flew across the swamp and never seen him. The saving grace is that I never touched him and he lives for another day.
Overall a great time in the woods and great weather too.