aarrrggh! The king is ticking me off ;)
The "King" is getting the best of me these days. I hit up a cover close to home last night for a quick 25 min hunt before dinner with the inlaw. I flew solo on this one. I know where they like to roost and figured I could get a good crack at a few. From what I read about grouse hunting without a dog, and a little bit of my own personal knowledge from hunting with Lilly, is when you believe you are in their core area, pause for a few seconds, and the bird will panic.
I did just this and it worked like charm. I will admit that I had pause a few times and heard the grouse running in the leaves giving up their location. The first grouse that flushed went straight up, but when I pulled up the gun it tucked behind grape vines.
I moved up the ridge and kept my eyes and ears open. Pausing every 25-30 yards or so. Each pause was at least 10 second. I approached a group of Japanese knot weed (elephant ears) with a steep ditch, in the center with grape vines surrounding. I knew their just had to be a grouse in this. I flushed on bird on the bench below, and swore I heard more grouse than that in the leaves. So here I stand, in the perfect cover, and have the gun held in front of my chest. I pause and after 5 seconds or so. WHIIRRR! the bird takes off. It was about 3- feet above the knotweed in the wide open. I pull up my gun and start to swing. I can feel my body aligning with the birds speed. I am just about to shoot when all of a sudden it puts itself behind a pine. I continue my swing an take a shot right where I think the bird will be coming out of the other side of the pine. Well to make a long story short WHIFFFF. I shoot and then see the bird come out behind the pine after my shot.
I love hunting these guys, but just cant shoot them. I was happy that my "stalking" technique was working, but am 0 for 2 on shots at grouse this year. I will hopefully get one this season.
I may get out tonight with Lilly but plan on hitting up a woodcock cover instead. Tomorrow I will be focusing my efforts on putting a nice doe in the freezer. Next Friday I am off and will be hunting deer in the am and evening, and grouse and woodies mid day.
I absolutely cant get enough of these birds, and they are enjoying making a fool out of me.
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