Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
add West Nile virus to the list of factors contributing to decreased grouse numbers. Hunt in the U.P. and 3 birds tested positive that were shot. Not birds our group shot but hunters who volunteered to participate in statewide DNR program. Numbers in our area were consistently lower last few years.
One individual here made it a point not once but several times that as a guide Steve should have no rights on public land. Yet this thread and several other threads makes it obvious that people are using the public land to be game hogs and fish hogs and poachers. Just saying some people have misplaced priorities and hypocritical values.
Its funny, on other threads this ratdumass says guides like me should not be on any public land! Yet here, I see folks consistently saying slob hunters are the problem. Other threads its the natives in ceeded Territory. Which for you city folk. Means if a deer is in your front yard. Your house is behind that deer. Its fully legal to shoot that deer from the road. With no consequences if that bullet passes through that deer into your house!! It's ceeded territory, and the right of those who are thus entitled! Then you are complaining about a far greater minority of of road hunters. I put a average of 10 miles a day on my boots 300 days a year!! Yet listen to, and got to deal with all this crap. In the end of it, i am piss broke, and about to lose the window to through the pot out off! Want to talk about spearing next? Of course from you your warm arm chair. While many like me end up homeless!! That's the facts Jack. So bring it on. I am on the verge of loosing it,and really have no care what any weekend warrior has to say! I will leave it at that!! So you dont need crayons tomorrow!
In 1999 I shot a 140 buck with my bow on opening day of the bow season.Next day I went grouse hunting and shot a limit of 5 first time ever, never did it again.I am more proud of that limit of grouse than I am of that deer.Now I have shot 3 often and 4 a few times.Now I know guys that shoot limits from atvs and trucks but that is not legal now.
We do not need to reduce the bag limit on grouse. How often do hunters with good dogs and who are good shots actually kill a limit of grouse? I'd wager not many do it regularly if ever. The people wacking them from a truck or ATV/UTV with a 30 pack of natty ice 16 ouncers next to them kill way more birds and they aren't going to pay attention to bag limits anyway.