Haven't hunted them myself, but saw a presentation on them at the wingshooting and flyfishing expo in the Pocono's a few months ago. Seems like a nice program. I'm sure just like any other public land that is advertised for a specific activity....it probably gets a decent amount of pressure.
I read that grouse number were down last year in many parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Didn't read that about Michigan, but wouldn't doubt that they were. WNV may be among the reasons for the decline, but since the virus has been in the Great Lakes States since 2001 it's highly unlikely that it can be blamed entirely for the sudden drop in numbers from the prior year.
Yeah read same info, trying to plan for woodcock also, thanks for the info , glade to see everybody isn't just trolling these days .
Hey, if you're looking to go and enjoy yourself and have fun with your dogs and get into some birds, I'd go. Like with any vacation, some years are better than others but it's always a memorable time. There is much more habitat out there than here so I think even in a "down year" for them, you'll probably enjoy yourself. A few years ago I went to Maine for a week in what turned out to be a down year. Totally DIY and I'dnever been there. I had fun and found grouse and a good deal of woodcock pretty much every day.
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Hunting the LP currently with a 10 mo lab. So far thursday i put up 8 grouse 8 woodcock in 2 hours w/dog in the morning. Evening put up 6 grouse 2 woodcock in 3 hours w/o dog. Bagged 2 woodcock.
Today hunted 3.5 hours in miserable light rain and mist w/ pup and put up 6 grouse 10 woodcock and bagged limit of woodcock.
Grouse are hit and miss for sure but still good. Talked to CO when getting ready to hunt thursday and he said similar but most have found them in oaks, personally only hunting young aspen so take it for what its worth.
Take away, need more range practice.