Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds - The Outdoor Community

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
Hooked on HuntingPa
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Lehigh Valley
Posts: 350
Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

Friday I drove out to meet some friends in the "PA Wilds" section.

My friends Mike and Mary are members of a state leased cabin which is about 1.5 miles from the nearest maintained road. Cabin pic to follow.

This is one of the loneliest highways in PA, 30 some miles of no permanent residents, no electricity and no phone signal.

One of the many views of the PA Wilds.

Driving up a "run" the cover is at the headwaters between two mountains.

The first of several covers along the "run".

We saw quite a few woodcock on this trip and managed to flush 16 timberdoodles along with 11 grouse.

Morgan pointing a woodcock. For some reason, she just started pointing woodcock this year.

I was very pleased to take a large cock grouse.

I hope everyone had a great PA opener!
brushbuster is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 09:46 PM
Regular Member
Springspan's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Lanc county pa
Posts: 1,088
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

Beautiful cover. I can't wait until I can get up north!

Every bird I bag is a beautiful poignant thing. - Charles Fergus
Springspan is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 10:56 PM
Hooked on HuntingPa
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Pa.
Posts: 275
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

Very nice!
hihaven is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 11:09 PM
New Arrival
Tanneryhollow's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 27
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

After several days of scouting in the Westmoreland and Clearfield counties with only 1 flush, I decided I wanted to get my young dog some experience on birds. So I took things into my own hands and went out got some chukars with a couple of buddies. Put down 10 birds, ended up with 8 birds in the bags. Dog got some great experience on the birds, nice points and a couple of nice retrieves to hand.

And my buddy's 6mo old GSPs got introduced to birds. We capped off the day with a bon fire, pot luck dinner, and slept under the stars. I understand a lot of people have their opening day traditions , but this was a great day. Sorry I don't have any pictures to share.

My grouse opener will be later this week.
Tanneryhollow is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 11:45 PM
New Arrival
Tanneryhollow's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 27
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

Great photos brush buster!
Tanneryhollow is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 11:52 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 23,690
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

Nice pictures, I can't wait for morning to get here



Pray for our troops, and for our country

God Bless America
TATERDAVID is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 12:00 AM
Regular Member
Pine-Creek's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pa Mountains, Life Member NRA
Posts: 2,490
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

We had a great opener training pups, had about 13 points and saw a mess of Grouse in the Hemlocks and along the streams, training we did not even kill a Grouse or Woodcock, next week before everyone one returens, I will spend a couple of days doing some serious Grouse & Woodcock hunting. I had a very enjoyable opener this year
with Justin and his two young pups. I believe we will make this an opening day tradition from now on, I like Justins company in the Grouse woods.

Never care about what other people believe, be strong and walk in the way of the Lord.

Pine-Creek is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 12:05 AM
octagon's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Pittsburgh,PA.
Posts: 12,525
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

Wow, what county is that? That is a sweet place. Looks pretty wild to say the least. Alot more wild than the part of Elk county our cabin is in.

Life Memeber NRA
Life Memeber NAHC
octagon is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 12:18 AM
Regular Visitor
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Lancaster and Points North
Posts: 75
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

Thanks for the post and congrats! I could not scratch one down to save my life Saturday. 0-5 shooting... mostly at wild flushers, but I got a good look at 2 of the 4 wild flushers I shot at. The pup (11 month old Bristol) bumped one late afternoon (pretty blatantly) but then did finally point one on the very edge of the cover and the road. I, of course, missed! I moved 13 birds in 5 hours afield (all grouse), which was better than I expected for where I was hunting... found two new nice covers though, if you can get through them without breaking ankles. The covers were not very puppy friendly (too rocky, she was having trouble getting any range) but we still had a blast.
redrockin7 is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 09:08 PM
Regular Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Elk County, Pa
Posts: 1,521
Re: Grouse Opener in the PA Wilds

I screwed up and took my GSP and mountain bike out to get Elk pictures Friday. She runs a lot but the dirt road did a number on her pads. I went out Saturday solo and put up 3. Not willing to shoot at the 1st 2 because I figured I wouldn't find them if I was succesful in hitting them. 3rd one was a straight away. I kept my eye on it an able to recover it. Nice getting out but I would rather get nothing with the dog than a limit without her. We will be out later in the week.

By the way. The elk didn't like the GSP. You would have thought I had a wolf with me.

Think before you share your thoughts!!!
Nes is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome