Grouse Reports ! ! !

9/12/03 @ 11:53 AM
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150class
150class
USER since 8/24/01
Let us know where youre finding the birds, what were the conditions, what type of terrain.

Lets here some good dog stories as well.

Can we attach pictures in this forum now?

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9/27/18 @ 9:21 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER since 8/24/07

Duffin. You mentioned getting your feet wet. Are the woods pretty dry right now?  Last year it was so warm and dry in October that we found birds concentrated in the low areas near water. I know some portions of the region had significant flooding this year so just wondering if it dried out. 

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9/27/18 @ 6:20 AM
Duffin
Duffin
USER since 12/16/10

5.7 miles. 19 contacts. On Saturday.  3 bagged 

3 miles 7 contacts goose eggs bagged Sunday


locations about 100 miles apart.  There are pockets of decent populations. Keep walking and get your feet wet 

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9/26/18 @ 9:13 PM
clueless
clueless
USER since 10/24/04

Dogs and I went out for 2 hours this morning. Flushed 1 grouse and 4 woodcock. Pretty windy there could have been more but that's all I heard. Got 2 woodcock.

I shoot a 12 pump Moseburg. Improved cylinder. 

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9/26/18 @ 7:57 PM
ayeFeesh
ayeFeesh
USER since 5/17/11

My first grouse was shot with a 12 gauge mossberg and an XX Full turkey choke. I used that set-up to harvest about a dozen birds before I learned what I was doing.

Still use exclusively 12 gauge to this day....

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9/26/18 @ 7:38 PM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER since 8/24/07

Question for the group. 

I learned to hunt grouse with an old 12 gauge Rem 870. Heavy gun. Pump action. But I could knock em dead. Got older and began picking up 20ga O/U and did fine. Like the weight and the swing of the gun. But I’m thinking about bringing the old 12 out this year to get more lead in the air. 


Any thoughts?

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9/25/18 @ 12:00 PM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER since 8/24/07

Oh darn. You are correct. Had it sent to me by someone who claimed it was a done deal. I jumped the gun. My bad. 

I think the rationale is that the sick birds will not make it past November and that those who survive, should be protected to help breeding pairs in the spring. The whole thing is being figured out by people with way more understanding than I have. 

I still chuckle at the idea of changing the bag limit from 5 down to three. I don’t think I’ve ever limited out on grouse. Come close but not quite. They could make that limit two and I’d come in below that most days. 

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9/25/18 @ 11:15 AM
river_chaser
river_chaser
USER since 10/3/12

Well from what Ive read on WNV some species bounce back and some species dont repopulate too well.  Grouse are one species that isnt repopulating at any noticeable speed after WNV affects the population based on what has been seen in the eastern states.

I got to thinking one day how is it that densely populated waterfowl dont get wiped out by WNV. I would think that being very social birds and being attrcted to wetlands where mosquitoes thrive would lead to devestating WNV infections.  Supposedly many species especially waterfowl are immune to the disease.

Edited on 9/25/18 11:24 AM
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9/25/18 @ 11:04 AM
Pool8
Pool8
USER since 1/27/17

An observation i made this past weekend was there were a lot of crows where i was also saw blue jays. When we got the west nile virus in Chicago I didn't see either,  and I lived across from a large forest preserve.  There were always alot of both before. 

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9/25/18 @ 9:59 AM
river_chaser
river_chaser
USER since 10/3/12

Birdy that article is from June and has been discussed here. The NRB doesnt make official decisons.

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9/25/18 @ 9:07 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
USER since 8/24/07

Season officially shortened. 


https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-smith/2018/06/27/resources-board-shortens-ruffed-grouse-season-cites-disease-concernsciting-disease-concerns-nrb-shor/736777002/


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