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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Gouse numbers

First let me say that I have only been out a few times in PA (was in another state hunting for 2 weeks). So far the grouse numbers have been dissappointing. They seem way down from previous years... I hunted Saturday for 6-7 hours and only moved 5-6 birds... A few of my grouse hunting friends are reporting similar results... I thought it was going to be a good season with the warm spring...

What is everyone else finding..?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 11:36 PM
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Re: Gouse numbers

I am seeing about the same numbers as last year (7-10 a day). I was only able to get out in the grouse woods twice with less than ideal weather. Woodcock numbers were way down from last year, but the dry summer really changed the water levels in some of the places I hunt.

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Re: Gouse numbers

I have been out a couple of times myself. And from what im seeing the grouse numbers are down agian this year. I was out too a couple spots on saturday. and only flushed a hand full of birds. And i talked with a couple other guys. and they are having the same problem.
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Re: Gouse numbers

I was out the first two Saturdays. Had 11 flushes the first Saturday. Birds were scattered with several of the flushes in mature oaks that had heavy understory. I beilieve there are still good numbers in this area. The second Saturday i hunted a lease that I am on and had more than thirty flushes. Birds were holding fairly well which lead to some fine dog work.Bird numbers here seem similar to last year.
Didn't make it out yesterday. Nursing a cold and decided to hang out in the house instead of in the rain. Leaving for Montana on friday for elk and mule deer and need to kick this cold.
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Re: Gouse numbers

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Lots of Grouse in NC Pa, if you know where to look, the birds are spooky and you need a good dog to take birds.
Actually here in Potter/Tioga the numbers are up from last year, Grouse contact has been very good. As I indicated before, because of the 8 weeks of very little rain, hunt along the streams & creeks in areas the Woodcock usually
use if you want to see Grouse right now, when you find them its usually 8-10 birds at a time grouped in a good water area. In a few days after the big rain the Grouse will start to spread out again. Hunting high on the mountain right now produces little to no bird contact at the present time.
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Re: Gouse numbers

I've been able to get out grouse hunting nine times in PA so far this year. Though different from what PineCreek Dave has reported, I'm finding better concentrations of birds on the tops of the mountains than in the creek valleys. My hunts have been in Venango, Clarion, Forest, Warren, Elk and Jefferson counties rather than Potter and Tioga.

For year to year comparison purposes, my October grouse numbers for the past few years are:

October 2012 - 2.6 flushes per hour
October 2011 - 2.4 flushes per hour
October 2010 - 4.7 flushes per hour
October 2009 - 4.2 flushes per hour
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Re: Gouse numbers

I am seeing alot of birds in Potter Co.
Mostly on top of the mountains and along logging roads and not in the heavy cover. So far this year and this also includes the week before the season opened, when we were on vacation I have 63 flushes.
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I'd put the numbers as the same as or a little better than last year. I'm so old and set in my ways that I tend to hunt the same covers I've always hunted even though some of them are past their prime. Stupid, I know, but I've never claimed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer!! When I use my head and seek out some new covers I tend to do better.

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I figure the flush rate in Potter/Tioga will be between 4.5
and 4.8 birds an hour this season, and man that is pretty darn good for any place in Pa these days. The correct forest management here, is starting to show its benifits.
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Re: Gouse numbers

Been out 10 days between NY (2 days) and PA (the rest). I've been happy with the number I'm finding and getting shooting at. Of course this is my first year with a dog and I'm choosing better spots. Guess I can't really compare to last year due to those factors. I'll just say I'm averaging 2-3 flush an hour and that's hunting mainly perry, centre, Sullivan, and tioga. I've seen maybe 60-70 birds and got shooting at about 15, unfortunately only bagging 3. Young pup still bumping many. Woodcock just started seeing them this past weekend in tioga.
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