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9/12/03 @ 11:53 AM
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?

9/16/19 @ 11:46 AM
User since 2/8/11

I’ve shot quite a few upland birds that had been previously shot, especially wild pheasants but also turkeys and grouse. One thing I noticed very distinctively is that birds that had been shot with plain lead shot get that infected wound and surely end up dead. Birds that were shot with copper plated lead or steel and survived rarely had the infection plain lead showed and often were healing or even fully healed with just some scar tissue around the pellet.

I have no idea why plain lead does that but I’ve seen it enough that I won’t shoot it. Plus on the slight chance I ingest a pellet, I’d much prefer anything than plain lead. 

As for the bird shot recently 2 posts below, that’s some sort of illness or injury. A bird in that shape certainly wouldn’t have survived since last hunting season. 

9/16/19 @ 9:06 AM
User since 8/24/07

I shot one that looked like that about five years ago.  When I butchered it, I found a pellet lodged in the back portion of the breast.  It was gangrene and boy did it stink.  Maybe a previous injury that resulted in an infection?  Of course, maybe but is indeed WNV.  Interested to hear about what you find out.

9/15/19 @ 9:46 PM
User since 3/6/18

This bird I shot today in Rusk County does not look good at all! The breast was 1/2 the size of a tennis ball and the bird was an odd light grey and missing feathers. Im suspecting WNV.

9/15/19 @ 6:00 AM
User since 10/24/04

Got out yesterday in Oneida county. Took a 2 hour walk w/ my lab and we flushed 4 grouse and 2 woodcock. A very nice start to the year after last years dismal season. Oh and I got 1 which the heart and blood sample will be sent in for the west Nile testing.

9/13/19 @ 6:27 AM
User since 1/31/09

I use to deer hunt the Necedah wildlife refuge.  I have not done so in about 18 years.  I would see a good amount of grouse.  Does anyone hunt the refuge for grouse still?  Is it worth a 3 hour drive for a weekend later in the season?

9/5/19 @ 10:58 PM
User since 3/6/18

Habitat in Douglas County where I hunt is the best it's been since the 70s. Despite that, there have been low numbers. Having pursued grouse for 40 years, I understand that there is something else, possibly West Nile, contributing to the low numbers. I agree that road hunters, including trail hunters on ATVs, ground swat far too many birds. This is not challenging, sportsmanlike, or ethical. Comparable to poaching deer from a vehicle.

8/29/19 @ 9:47 PM
User since 8/24/07

Frenchbrit I am with you. 

I had guys run up ahead of me on the logging trails in Chequamegon last year on ATVs only to stop 100 yards ahead and shoot birds off the ground. I was really bummed as I was working slowly with my old dog trying to get her on some birds in what might have been her last season. Road hunting, in all its forms, should be outlawed.  It’s not sporting and the birds deserve more respect. 

8/29/19 @ 6:55 PM
User since 7/24/01

Brother- I agree. I really wish they would outlaw road hunting. Period. I'm older but cannot hunt like I used to as my back won't tolerate it. But I can still walk the trails and old logging roads. I know a guy who brags that shot 43 grouse last season. Road hunting! Disgusting to me. He's not disabled. Bear hunters take a toll as well. Its part of their hunting to shoot grouse off the road.  Late season guys watch the tree tops and shoot them in the tree. Now that's pretty sportsman's like isn't it. Sad.

8/29/19 @ 6:32 PM
Brother of the brush
User since 1/22/12

I'm not so sure if it's the bird hunters their worried about.  Drive around in the evening late season, in some areas the birds are thick sitting in trees along the road.  Easy pickins for the road warriors.

8/29/19 @ 3:52 PM
User since 10/3/12

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