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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Pre Season Grouse

Anyone been out in the woods and seeing birds? The dog and I have unfortunately not got to go out since early spring after getting a new house. Saw an encouraging number of birds early, but it has been quiet on this board and wanted to see if anyone else has seen anything so far this summer. Don't care where in PA, just looking to live vicariously until I can sneak away from the nauseating amount of house work I have been told needs to be completed prior to my disappearing act come fall. Have not even fly fished yet this year!
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-03-2019, 10:36 AM
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I have seen 3 grouse in PA in the last 18 years.

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I guess that is better than 0... Although I am over double digits this year all in the southwest. My goal is going to be to find a Washington county grouse this year. It will be preseason though, so he will get to live. Not that is different during the season.
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I've seen a few this year but so far no chicks. Heard some drumming as well.

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I have seen several grouse this spring including at least one brood. May have seen two broods. Not sure of the one brood if they were grouse or pheasants. I didn't get to see the hen, just the grass moving as she was running away. I almost ran over a bunch of chicks with the tractor but fortunately got stopped in time to watch them, what every they were, scurrying off after mom.

I purposely don't work my dog this time of the year because of all the chicks out there.

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I'll know more in a couple weeks when I head north to start working dogs. Havent been on my bike much, and when I and when I do get out, its too wet to get back in where I would expect to find brooods

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

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RSB, understand the concern with chicks, when do you generally feel they are strong enough to start working the dogs?

Jeff,
It has definitely been another wet year so far. How is the new pup doing, can't wait to meet her!
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Saw one on a hike on gamelands yesterday along with a bear and yellow phase rattler. New record for me two rattlers in two years.

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RSB, understand the concern with chicks, when do you generally feel they are strong enough to start working the dogs?

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It has definitely been another wet year so far. How is the new pup doing, can't wait to meet her!
I generally don't work my dog in areas where young chicks are likely to be encountered until September.

There is local beagle club where guys are running their beagles all summer so I will occasionally take him there for a summer run. I take him there partly because there are a lot of ponds for him to get in and cool down though during the heat of summer.

I will also take him with me sometimes when I hike or bike some of the game lands roads, but make him stay close instead of being off hunting.

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Jeff,
It has definitely been another wet year so far. How is the new pup doing, can't wait to meet her!
She is still all pup, not enough maturity yet to want to introduce birds. I'll be getting here brother in a few weeks to train up to hunting season, depending when he goes back to Va, you might get to hunt behind him, also.

Rain around my house hasn't been bad as other parts of the state. After tonights storm, I jumped on my bike for a wet ride, did see 1 brood of grouse with 4 chicks. Also saw a hen turkey that only had one chick following her.

Get your work caught up so you can make our August gathering, even if you just come up for a day.

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

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