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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Grouse numbers Down this year

A look at my records, shows for the first 4 hunts of the previous 4 years my flush per hour was between 2.8 and 3.8 birds per hour.

This year I'm moving 1.2 birds per hour in early season. Same area, similar habitat. I hope I'm wrong, but it seems like most of the birds have vanished. As an avid Grouse hunter, this had me a bit concerned.

Somebody tell me they are moving lots of birds, because I need some good news.
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 12:55 AM
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

Reports I am hearing are poor also...
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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 01:13 AM
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

I've been seeing a lot of young birds. I have only been out a half day. the first spot put up two birds wild flushes. Second spot saw three birds. Shot at two and got one. I'm pretty optimistic it will be a good year.


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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 01:31 AM
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

First saturday was great grouse and woodcock. Seconds day was terrible to hot to dry to loud to early and deer drives in the area I was to hunt. Have to check weather for this weekend and adjust to dry hot weather but the numbers were great in the areas the first day that usually produce.
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post #5 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 02:01 AM
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

I put out several just moseying around looking for deer sign and early flintlock, so did several other guys, saw 3 on the road one day another one the next, seems normal to my area of s.f. as last several years.

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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 03:37 AM
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

I'm not seeing the birds either, Nate. In ten hours of hunting in Tioga County, I've flushed three grouse. I've never had such a discouraging first week of the season.
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post #7 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 06:55 AM
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

I haven't been out a lot this season yet, but id rate it at about average or a little above. In an hr and a half last week, flushed 4 birds. Also put up quite a few while hunting w/the smoke pole.

Might just be dumb luck, but I'm hopeful for a great season. Now if I can learn to hit the darn things...
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

so far seems average for me & in addition
over the years I have observed wind & rain can greatly effect flush rates & the first week was a real mixed bag of weather
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

Hunted two Saturdays in the ANF, beautiful cover, flushed a total of 6 birds behind two hard working dogs. I could blame the dogs if we were getting wild flushes or something, but that's a total of the birds we put up or heard flushing. We got so disgusted Saturday we packed up and shot some ditch chickens instead.

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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 10-27-2014, 03:24 PM
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Re: Grouse numbers Down this year

Poor numbers as well in our area in Mckean. Actually worst I have seen in 6 years of having the property.
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