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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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southern ANF region

Hiked this past weekend to scout a few new grouse areas for the coming season.

Soft Mast

Apples Incredible amount of apples even on trees that are in poor condition and are being fairly well shaded.
Crab Apples Not as strong as apples but generally heavy crop
Hawethorne Spotty, in general all hold a few fairly heavy but not near the fruit of the apples and crabs
Grape Hit and miss, the vines that had fruit were heavy but plenty of vines were not bearing fruit.
Bush Honeysuckle Loaded
Dogwood Did not see many but those I did were bearing a good crop
Blackberry seemed fairly light
Sumac - Heavy, although with the closed late season, probably will not be important for hunting

Hard Mast I would love to hear from others as I forgot my binos and could not get a good look at whether or not most trees had mast. Did however see a couple shag bark hickories that had a good crop.
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I'm no Grouse hunter, but what is their preference ? Mast or the "Salad" mix I see posted after guys clean them ?

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I am only a novice at this game, but if you are not running a pointing dog, find the mast find the birds. Salad is great to look for in the winter and seems preferred to typical PA buds, but I prefer hunting mast in one form or fashion, if it is close to cover, and even better if the mast is persistent in winter. I find soft mast the easiest to hunt because it is more concentrated, but acorn and especially beech nuts can also be important to find. The problem with a great acorn crop though is the birds can been in a huge area as oaks are so prevalent.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 02:19 PM
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Mark the grapes on your gps.

Besides looking for grapes, look for broods.
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Mark the grapes on your gps.

Besides looking for grapes, look for broods.
Good post.

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Good report Grousen'at, thanks.

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