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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Question Atthis point in time are Ruffed Grouse safe to eat?

All the testing that has been done on grouse eggs revealed even before hatching they have been infected with West Nile Virus... Are grouse ok to eat at this point in time? I guess if they are alive when you flush and shoot one then they are not infected by the West Nile Virus??????????? UM?
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Grouse eggs are indeed good table fare! However with the reduction in numbers, nests are much harder to find.
Not sure if the adults are safe to eat.
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Hasn't killed me yet, will eat the last of this past years harvest at the cabin this weekend. I'll take my chances with WNV infected grouse over pheasants fed with antibiotics.

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

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All the testing that has been done on grouse eggs revealed even before hatching they have been infected with West Nile Virus... Are grouse ok to eat at this point in time? I guess if they are alive when you flush and shoot one then they are not infected by the West Nile Virus??????????? UM?
No testing has been done on grouse eggs and there are no known cases where a grouse hatched from an egg and was already infected with West Nile Virus (WNV). The PGC gathered eggs and shipped them to a quarantined facility where it was guaranteed they would not be inadvertently exposed to WNV. Once the eggs hatched and the chicks were 4-6 weeks old they were intentionally infected with WNV to see what would happen.

In the wild, approximately 20% of the grouse killed by hunters and subsequently tested have WNV antibodies, meaning at some point in their life they had contracted WNV.

There are no know cases of people becoming infected with WNV after eating birds that did have WNV.

I have eaten one grouse that tested positive for WNV and have acquaintances that have eaten 5 others that tested positive.
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No testing has been done on grouse eggs and there are no known cases where a grouse hatched from an egg and was already infected with West Nile Virus (WNV). The PGC gathered eggs and shipped them to a quarantined facility where it was guaranteed they would not be inadvertently exposed to WNV. Once the eggs hatched and the chicks were 4-6 weeks old they were intentionally infected with WNV to see what would happen.

In the wild, approximately 20% of the grouse killed by hunters and subsequently tested have WNV antibodies, meaning at some point in their life they had contracted WNV.

There are no know cases of people becoming infected with WNV after eating birds that did have WNV.

I have eaten one grouse that tested positive for WNV and have acquaintances that have eaten 5 others that tested positive.
Thank you now that makes sense...
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All the testing that has been done on grouse eggs revealed even before hatching they have been infected with West Nile Virus... Are grouse ok to eat at this point in time? I guess if they are alive when you flush and shoot one then they are not infected by the West Nile Virus??????????? UM?
A neighbor on my road has eaten a WNV infected grouse. From what I can see he appears healthy, I see him gritting along side the road almost every afternoon, looks normal. Can't be as bad for you as CWD, can it???
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Does he have a drumming gig this weekend?
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Does he have a drumming gig this weekend?
I don't think he has mastered that really fast wing beat yet, may have to eat another infected bird or two to transfer that skill...he may not breed next month.
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he may not breed next month.

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I sorta figure that with the way I took care of myself earlier in life, the fact that I made it this far is somewhat of a miracle! I hardly think eating a West Nile infected grouse is gonna kill me!
I'm a very poor shot with a substandard dog, so I don't have any in the freezer, but if I did, I'd gobble em' up without a second thought!
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