Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pa Mountains, Life Member NRA
Re: RGS fall forecast for grouse and woodcock
It has to due with the number of Grouse that make it thru for reproduction, same with the acorns. The summer survivors have to make it thru till the next breeding season, the Beech and other winter food make that possible.
I was looking down stream as I do every season, it seem when we have back to back seasons with few Beach nuts and Acorns our Pa Grouse population drops. This past season we had few Beech nuts & Acorns and it looks like it might just repeat again this year, so our Grouse population might not be what people are forcasting for this season or next. We will see how all this plays out, as we do our late fall and winter Grouse hunting this season. Everyone including me believes we will have an increase in Grouse numbers on the northern tier, I am saying because of the lack of Beech Nut and Acorns
last season and again this season, I am a little skeptical of the actual increase predicted for this season and maybe next also.
When the season 1st opens I hope we see some kind of increase in the individual covert numbers, cause last season we did not. In fact in Tioga county it fell just slightly, in Potter it reamained just about even with the prior season,
even with the lack of Beech nuts and Acorns. Having this happen for two season in a row however will not be good for our over all Grouse population.
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