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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: In the thick stuff
Re: Can't figure out these birds!
I've had lots of similar experiences. The first time a cover gets hunted always seems to be the best.
I think that grouse learn to avoid pressure, either by running out ahead, flushing wild or moving to a nearby cover.
If the grouse are moving though, it's probably not very far. According to the Appalachian Cooperative Grouse Research Project, the Fall and Winter home ranges of ruffed grouse are 35 acres for adult males, 75 acres for adult females, and 85 acres for juveniles.