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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.