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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Grousing in the ANF

Im heading up for a few days in Warren to hunt grouse. Im used to walking the hills of the laurel highlands. Small cuts of good cover.

Can anyone give any insight for where to go? I plan on going on Game lands. 29 and 86. I noticed 143 up there as well.

I've heard there being good cover due to the tornadoes that hit a few years back? Anyone with any good places to take the guns for a walk?

Appreciate any help, thanks.

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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 01:35 PM
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Hi Ryan,

I'm sure you've seen posts on HPA or read the Game Commission's Grouse cooperator survey results showing that Northwest and Northcentral PA have some of the best grouse hunting in the state. The gamelands you've listed all hold grouse, as does most of the good cover in the Allegheny National Forest. The problem with asking for actual locations is that hundreds of people read these posts. The post about "grouse food" had 1391 views, while "Today's grouse hunt" had 891 views. If a specific location for finding grouse was given and just 1% of the people reading about it went to hunt it, that would mean 9 - 14 extra people hitting that spot. Most grouse hunter's are lucky if they get to share a cover with one or 2 close friends. They certainly don't want dozens of internet readers descending on their covers.

I'm sure you'll find lots of good spots to hunt in the Northern part of the state by looking at satelite photos, then driving the back roads or walking in to check them out. Good luck on your hunt.

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There are miles of clearcuts in that area of Warren/Forest/Elk counties. Just find some clearcuts and start walking. There are birds everywhere up there this year.

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Well said dap.. If specific areas are given is should be via PM.

Do your homework on google earth, you will find plenty to hunt.

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Re: Grousing in the ANF

Thanks guys. Went up last friday to SGL 86 and had great success in the morning. 6 flushes and 1 pheasant. Downed the ringneck, put lead in the trees shooting the grouse. Its darn near impossible without a dog but we had a good time and I hope to go back once more before the season ends.

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Hi Ryan,

I'm sure you've seen posts on HPA or read the Game Commission's Grouse cooperator survey results showing that Northwest and Northcentral PA have some of the best grouse hunting in the state. The gamelands you've listed all hold grouse, as does most of the good cover in the Allegheny National Forest. The problem with asking for actual locations is that hundreds of people read these posts. The post about "grouse food" had 1391 views, while "Today's grouse hunt" had 891 views. If a specific location for finding grouse was given and just 1% of the people reading about it went to hunt it, that would mean 9 - 14 extra people hitting that spot. Most grouse hunter's are lucky if they get to share a cover with one or 2 close friends. They certainly don't want dozens of internet readers descending on their covers.

I'm sure you'll find lots of good spots to hunt in the Northern part of the state by looking at satelite photos, then driving the back roads or walking in to check them out. Good luck on your hunt.

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Well said,I don't mind telling a guy a general area, but I've had more than one cover of mine ruined from showing people and having him take and tell people and so on and so on. It got so bad I can't/don't even go there anymore because theres always somebody there.

Sorry I worked/walked to many miles to just tell every joe, tom, dick and harry my spots. Plus, grouse are a sacred bird to me. And not everyone cares, treats or respects them like I do. I know a few guys that do and thats the only guys I'll go with or show my spots. Shoot, the last two years I've put snap caps in my gun when I hit the seven mark. I quit at seven every year and this is the first year in years that I will even be out in the second season and thats only because I didn't get to hunt at all in Pa. this year for grouse and I want to see how my covers are doing. I love watching my dog to much and she'd be sad if I gave away her spots and she couldn't find birds anymore. Theres clear cuts all over this great state and from what I've been hearing from friends and family this year grouse are everywhere. Lace up the boots, get a good compass or two and get strolling. Good luck and happy hunting.

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All this hype about the national forest and northcentral/northwestern pennsylvania being a grouse mecca would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. A few guys kill a few birds, post a couple hero pics on these hunting sites and the next thing you know guys from all over the country think they'll just drive up here and find grouse all over the place.
The truth is, if you aren't real familiar with the area and if you haven't spent considerable time scouting the area you're likely in for some disappointment when you get here. You'll have plenty of company though.
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As I see it the answer is a good Grouse dog, no matter where you hunt Grouse. Its not how many Grouse you take, its how you take the Grouse. The Grouse dog work is why you go to the Grouse woods, taking the bird is just icing on the cake.
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All this hype about the national forest and northcentral/northwestern pennsylvania being a grouse mecca would be funny if it wasn't so pathetic. A few guys kill a few birds, post a couple hero pics on these hunting sites and the next thing you know guys from all over the country think they'll just drive up here and find grouse all over the place.
The truth is, if you aren't real familiar with the area and if you haven't spent considerable time scouting the area you're likely in for some disappointment when you get here. You'll have plenty of company though.
You may not be able to just drive up anywhere and find them, but you sure don't have to look very hard. Especially this year. They are just about everywhere. We see them all over the place and we're not even hunting grouse. I even had one commit suicide into the side of my truck.
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You may not be able to just drive up anywhere and find them, but you sure don't have to look very hard. Especially this year. They are just about everywhere. We see them all over the place and we're not even hunting grouse. I even had one commit suicide into the side of my truck. [/quote]


Jeez, I had no idea Westmoreland County was a hot spot, I'll have to make the drive down there to check it out I guess.
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