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How is the ruffed grouse hunting doing this year in your part of the country? Here in western Pennsylvania it has been fantastic. Have made it out the last four Saturdays and have been averageing 7 to 9 flushes a day. Finally got one this past Saturday.
 

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Hi Yukon....

We don't have Grouse in New England. We only have Partridge. My son and I took ten in North Western Maine in two days & seven in Southren Vermont so far. Population is up in both states.

Partridge dinner this Sunday, opening weedend of deer season, for ten guys. A litle snow & colder weather will help on an already great season in the great state of Vermont. Two year old Lab from Mario Fasano is comming into his own this year. Life is good.

Good luck in PA.

E S Hale
 

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What's a Grouse? Here in eastern PA it was not uncommon to get 30 to 40 flushes a day-that was in the 60's and 70's. I've now forgotten what they look like!!
 

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Just back in Indiana after deer hunting in nw Minnesota. Didn`t spend much time on Ruffs as I wanted but seems to be quite a few, also lots of Sharptail. There are a few of each that left me looking like a fool.
 

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Sharptail Grouse seem to be fairly steady in numbers from year to year here in central Nebraska . Its the Pheasants that have vanished. Also dont see many Prairie Chickens any more , only Sparptails .
 

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Well in Texas we don't have grouse, we do however have several old grouches. Kenny is president of the North Texas chapter!!!
 

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SOuthern NH it is horrible.....at least for me
 

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in nevad we hae sage grouse and blue grouse and some ruff did go sage and blue huntting never see any ruff before but me and my shrot hair have got a lot of chuckar and quail so far
 

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Pretty sucky. We had a fair amount of forest grouse a couple of decades ago. Enough that I'd hike old logging roads for them. Until this season's deer hunt, I haven't seen or heard a grouse in western Oregon for over a decade. Heard one drumming a couple of weeks ago.
 

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Brian? Are you joking me? I saw more ruffed grouse last year then I have all the other years of my life combined! I killed multiple limits with my 28ga. I bet i shot 50 grouse last year. It was the highest end of a cycle I have ever seen. I had days when I was deer hunting that i could have shot a limit with my bow if I had brought along bird arrows.


This year is another story. I have seen two grouse this year. Quail numbers ( Mountain quail) seem to be about where there always are but the Grouse just plummeted. You need to hunt Lane county and in the Coast range of lane and Coos county. This is where I have always seen the most grouse and the best areas to hunt with a dog. Jeff
 

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oleolliedawg- Like in eastern Penna. the Grouse have nearly disappeared in southwestern Virginia. We have lots of Turkeys and Bears are becoming quite common. But, the Grouse have gone and Quail are uncommon.

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Just what Pat said, I hunting all year, 10 years ago, I would shoot 20 to 30 a seson, now you have a good season if you flush 5 a year. Don't plan on getting a shot, they run, flush way ahead of the dog. It's not the same game but I refuse to give up on the sport or the Va. game com.
 

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AACT:
When I lived in Maine, I was told that Grouse were shot over pointing dogs, while Partridge were shot out of trees.. :)

Carl Davenport
 
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