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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-21-2018, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Old time Grousing

I came across an old photo from maybe the late 70's or early 80's when Beaver County still had great small game hunting. I remember getting your daily limit in grouse was pretty easy to do because of the number of flushes you would have and that was without using dogs. I don't hunt grouse anymore, but spend a lot of time in the woods and I am lucky to flush one grouse in an entire season today.
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I got to hunt Clarion county quite a bit in that time period, cant say we had limits every time out, but there were plenty of grouse to be found. Just like pheasants, some of the land we hunted has been developed, the farm edges and stripping areas have now matured. Add in that much of the previous open land is now posted where everyone is looking for large antlers and those lands have a different idea on habitat, if they have a plan at all.

Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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In the mid- to late 70s it wasnít a stretch to flush 10-15 grouse while hunting around Moshannon in northern Centre County. There were a lot of old strip mines that held good numbers of birds. I didnít hunt with a dog, but usually killed a dozen or more grouse each season. The last good grouse hunting I saw was about 15 years ago, in southern Clinton County on the edges of the Two Rock wildfire area that burned in 1992. Birds were everywhere on the border where the fire ended....where the old mature timber met the regenerating new growth.
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Nice picture. Nothing better than a camo Jones style hat.

Half a days hunt in the late 60's early 70's if you didn't flush 20 grouse you weren't walking. When I started hunting I lived for grouse and squirrel season.
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Rabbits have come back strong in this area and the rabbit hunting is excellent, maybe someday the grouse will recover. Hunting grouse was by far my favorite to hunt in the old days.
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I got to hunt Clarion county quite a bit in that time period, cant say we had limits every time out, but there were plenty of grouse to be found. Just like pheasants, some of the land we hunted has been developed, the farm edges and stripping areas have now matured. Add in that much of the previous open land is now posted where everyone is looking for large antlers and those lands have a different idea on habitat, if they have a plan at all.
We moved to Clarion in 1974 and lived there for the next 27 years. I was fortunate enough to have access to a lot of private land in that area. The grouse population there at that time was great and we had a circus hunting them. Nothing lasts forever though, the cover matured, the strip jobs were reclaimed, and the grouse population dwindled.
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Ahhhhhhhh, attire of that period I remember so well.. The classic Orange knit toboggan with the "buck in the black circle". The classic camo "Jones" hat. And then the classic........... ok, I gotta admit, I'm not sure about the Jethro Bodine look on the left being a classic. LOL


Substitute your Beaver County with all of Greene County, and most of Western Washington County, and that was me and my gang in that timeframe. Grouse galore. And though pheasants were sliding by then, no problem finding enough wild birds to hunt.


Now the Turkey. It was really hard to find a Turkey in Eastern Washington County back then. If you found a flock, you talked about it for days.
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Ahhhhhhhh, attire of that period I remember so well.. The classic Orange knit toboggan with the "buck in the black circle". The classic camo "Jones" hat. And then the classic........... ok, I gotta admit, I'm not sure about the Jethro Bodine look on the left being a classic. LOL


Substitute your Beaver County with all of Greene County, and most of Western Washington County, and that was me and my gang in that timeframe. Grouse galore. And though pheasants were sliding by then, no problem finding enough wild birds to hunt.


Now the Turkey. It was really hard to find a Turkey in Eastern Washington County back then. If you found a flock, you talked about it for days.
Hey wait a second that Jethro on the left is me LOL. That was my favorite grouse hat and I think the chicks at the time used to dig it. Your right though very few turkeys back then and grouse was by far my favorite thing to hunt. I pretty much only hunt deer and turkey now, but would like to start doing a few road trips to some of the north central counties that still have good grouse numbers.

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I wish I had taken more grouse, pheasant, and water fowl pictures. Got lots of deer and turkey.....
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I wish I had spent more time Small Game hunting in my youth, I took it for granted back then, How I miss it now. The 70s had some excellent hunting.

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