Lets talk grouse times
I am very excited for the first day coming up, but it is also the first day of muzzle loader. I am thinking of going out with my new inline pistol until 9:30 or 10, then take the lab out until the after noon.
My question is when do grouse come off the roost. I have a few good spots in mind, but want to be the first one in there. I doubt that anyone else will be targeting these areas as I have never heard shooting in there before. I know I see most woodies just before light, and just before dark. We took a walk through one of these areas that had loads of grouse last year just at day break and flushed 2.
What times do you guys typically go out for the birds. I would hate to let my excitement get the best of me and head out at day break only to have the birds fly out of the trees, and not get good flushes.
Is it a good idea to hold off a bit when hunting them. The grouse areas I will be hunting also had a lot of woodcock in them in the spring as I heard them peenting and twittering every morning while turkey hunting. Not saying they are still there but we have put up a few in our preseason adventures.
Will I be safe by waiting until 10:30 or so and going out, or should I be there closer to day break. Do the come off of the roost and feed for little while, then fly back up in the trees? I have read that they like to roost in pines, then come down to feed, and often hit up some gravel areas to get some stones. I have all 3 of these plus a water source in my favorite area. I am worried that they will come off of the roost at daylight, eat a bit, get the gravel, then fly back up during that 10:30 or so time.
Any thoughts on the better times to be in my favorite coverts?
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