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Grouse Reports ! ! !

9/12/03 @ 11:53 AM
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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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11/8/23 @ 11:44 AM
Duffin
User since 12/16/10
Hunted all day yesterday.   The birds were holding better.  Had nine solid points on 15 bird contacts.  Not all presented shots as even well handled birds seem to put obstacles between the gun and them.    They’ve transitioned to areas with more conifers and conifer edges 
Grouse Reports ! ! ! photo by Duffin
Grouse Reports ! ! ! photo by Duffin
Grouse Reports ! ! ! photo by Duffin
11/8/23 @ 8:32 AM
Graceonpoint
User since 10/24/17
The birds have calmed back down, several pointed yesterday and two that held so tight that I actually had to walk in front of the dog to flush.   
11/7/23 @ 12:47 PM
Shimanoman71
User since 4/22/04
I am guessing the same time the snow came, the leaves and underbrush finally disappeared. They hung on forever this year. 
11/6/23 @ 1:06 PM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12
Ive never had snow seem to be an issue.  95 of 100 birds have always been too skittsh to take flight less than 40 yards away. I believe its a genetic influenced behavior. Skittish birds dont expose themselves to be killed so easy. Birds that seem more tame and curious or wait til the last minute to flush are easier to kill and thus wont reproduce as much. 
But back to the snow issue.  Its very possible that snow does have the effect you say.  Crunchy snow could alert the bird to your presence much sooner.  There is also evidence that shallow snow and cold temps induces higher cortisol levels in birds making them more nervous and apt to take flight sooner
11/6/23 @ 10:29 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
User since 8/24/07
GraceonPoint;

I've experienced the same thing in years passed.  Birds holding fine, then a couple inches of snow and they seem to flush wild.  I've had them get up way the heck out when we were walking in on the logging trails.  I think they feel exposed with those initial snow falls.  I guess the other thing it tells you is how good their hearing is that they jump 75+ yards out when they hear you approach.  It probably also says a lot about how many we probably walk past in the earlier season.

My brother in law got up to Mercer for a long weekend.  Found birds that were still coveyed in groups of 5-6 down around Vilas County in a new cover we found last year.  Managed to bag a first grouse for his new Griff.   
11/6/23 @ 9:56 AM
Graceonpoint
User since 10/24/17
I don't know what other guys are experiencing but since we got the snow the birds have been beyond skittish.    Don't know if its the accumulation of hunting pressure or lack of ground cover now.   
11/3/23 @ 3:46 PM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12
One of my better days 2 shots and 2 kills done by noon.
One of the birds had a crop packed like a baloon the size of my fist no wonder he flew so slow.  Crop had catkins and what looked like lightning bugs. Its winter up here with a few inches of snow so how he got so many bugs to eat maybe found a nest of hibernators. 
11/1/23 @ 4:37 PM
Duffin
User since 12/16/10
Sunday hunt with Ellie, gray phase.   Monday with her daughter Birdie, red phase 
Grouse Reports ! ! ! photo by Duffin
Grouse Reports ! ! ! photo by Duffin
10/30/23 @ 11:10 AM
ridgerunner88
User since 10/25/23
Hunted NE WI and found 4 woodcock in two days. The majority have left.  Found lots of grouse though.  
10/29/23 @ 6:35 PM
MNgrouse
User since 7/22/23
Out today in East Central.MN. Plenty of woodcock around. 
10/27/23 @ 7:37 PM
Tacoeye
User since 7/28/16
Wild rice soup is my go to for pheasant and grouse!, wrap the pheasant in bacon grill it, then shred and add to creamy wild rice soup.
10/27/23 @ 2:33 PM
Graceonpoint
User since 10/24/17
Birdy, no way I could grind up grouse meat its too good but that's an interesting idea for woodcock.  For woodcock I typically put in a crockpot, shread it and add it to homemade red beans and rice with some smoked sausage.  

Grouse I debone, and brine the fillets for about 1- 1 1/2 hrs, dont brine too long or it will make the meat rubbery.  Bread in plain flour and deep fry until the fillets stop bubbling vigorously.  The brine flavors the meat so you dont need to season the flour.

The brine is 2 oz of salt and 2 oz brown sugar packed add 4 cups of water,  I normally mix 2 cups of hot water first so the salt and sugar dissolve better than 2 cups of cold water.  Then I add some lemon juice, garlic and crushed red pepper and black pepper.   This brine works great on chicken/turkey and thick sliced pork chops, length of time varies if the poultry is on the bone or boneless.  1" and up chops normally brine about 4 hrs.
10/27/23 @ 8:43 AM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
User since 8/24/07
Not a hunting report per se but I was wondering about favorite recipes you guys have for your grouse and woodcock.  I have a chili recipe that I came up with years ago.  I think it's pretty good.  I even entered it into our town chili cookout to help fund raise for the high school football team.  43 people entered and my recipe won the cook off and received almost a third of all the votes!  People were shocked when they learned that I used ground grouse, woodcock and pheasant in the recipe.  I make it every year with the birds I froze from the previous season.  We take it up  north to grouse camp and make a few dinners out of it.

I also love cooking up the fresh birds with some garlic, herbs, butter, cognac and mushrooms.  Can't beat that after trudging many miles through the woods with the dogs.

What's your favorite?    
Grouse Reports ! ! ! photo by Birdyboy
10/25/23 @ 2:39 PM
Hunter&Hound
User since 7/24/01
I was surprised to have the dog point one on Sunday.  I let it fly away.
10/25/23 @ 1:29 PM
Swamp buck
User since 1/23/09
Pretty much moved out of hayward area
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