Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
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.
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.