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9/12/03 @ 10:53 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?


10/12/21 @ 1:53 PM
USER SINCE 3/17/09

Pool, thanks for the info, dropped off the bird for testing.

10/12/21 @ 8:49 AM
USER SINCE 8/24/07


I have to agree regarding Price. Too many articles written and sporting shows filmed there. I only have one spot I hunt there and it’s big enough I can spend the day and I’ve only encountered another hunter there once in ten years or more. I also don’t hunt weekends as a rule. Too much pressure. One year, we travelled south on Swamp Creek (I think) which is a really long gravel road. Travelled about ten miles and every gate had a truck parked in it. 


Good advice Hunterandhound.

I’m heading up Monday for a week. Weather looking better so far. 

10/12/21 @ 3:54 AM

Just returned from 4 days in Price County. Hunting was poor to say the least. If it wasn't for the Woodcock it would have been a total bust. I can count the number of grouse flushed easily on two hands. Weather was warm so we primarily focused on swamp edges and totally struck out. I think I'm done hunting that area now. At least in Vilas County, where I've spent most of my grouse hunting career, there isn't a hunter around every corner. It's amazing how much pressure that Price County area gets! 

10/11/21 @ 7:05 PM
USER SINCE 1/27/17

Wisconsin DNR was checking for west Nile I believe  Samfox.

Heres a screenshot of the sight, sorry I'm not good with computers to send the link.

10/11/21 @ 6:15 PM
USER SINCE 3/17/09

Anyone harvest any grouse that appeared to be sick, saw the dogs  chase a bird that won’t fly. Dogs caught it, when I went to clean it, was really skinny, crop was full. Thought it was a cripple but no shot in it. Put it in a bag and froze it, does the Dnr do any testing on this type of stuff?

10/11/21 @ 11:06 AM
USER SINCE 10/3/12

Going by my own experience grouse hunting by one self is a seldom productive.  Hunting with human partners somehow that flushs upmany more birds per person.  As doeshunting with a good dog

10/10/21 @ 8:45 PM
USER SINCE 5/13/14

I've been out three different times. Don't always hunt a full day because I have a cottage north of mercer so I'll just play the weather etc.. But generally I'll log 3-4 hour walks. Just so surprised given the quality of the cover, and I've tried to mix that up a bit as well. As a point of reference, I've been a grouse hunter for 50 years. (started at 12, and I'm 62 now). Never had a good bird dog so I've walked a lot of miles. I'm pretty good at understanding what will hold birds. Just not finding much....

10/10/21 @ 11:12 AM
USER SINCE 7/24/01

Dave, How many full days have you hunted so far this season?

10/10/21 @ 9:59 AM
USER SINCE 5/13/14

We hunt primarily in Iron county. I walked quite a few miles the past few days in alot of premium grouse habitat. Surprisingly few flushes. I don't hunt with a dog, but I didn't last few yrs either so the comparison is fair. I think grouse numbers are down, quite a bit. Also, a friend who does have a good dog is seeing fewer (quite a bit fewer) as well.  Question: the dnr has been tracking the percentage of birds with the "bird flu" via hunters providing samples. Has any information been communicated? Is that affecting bird numbers? 

10/8/21 @ 6:23 AM
USER SINCE 10/11/15

I'm in Central Wisconsin by Wild Rose...    few if any grouse... but, the woodcock are staring to filter in from up north on their way south...  just getting started. 

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