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Grouse Hunting Etiquette

Here are some ideas to help preserve grouse hunting:

1. Plant some seed, fruit or an aspen tree where you shoot a grouse.
2. Trap predators in coverts.
3. Don't shoot grouse in trees or ground.
4. Don't hunt coverts like a pheasant drive (line up and driving areas = busted, spooked birds); Instead stay on logging roads and let the dog work the coverts.
5. Maybe cut the bag limits in areas. This was done with Snowshoe Hares and other game. If the flush rates are less in certain areas, the bag limit should correlate. Makes sense!
6. Don't hunt roosts...

This is our state bird...let's become good stewards. Any other ideas?
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Here are some ideas to help preserve grouse hunting:

1. Plant some seed, fruit or an aspen tree where you shoot a grouse.
2. Trap predators in coverts.
3. Don't shoot grouse in trees or ground.
4. Don't hunt coverts like a pheasant drive (line up and driving areas = busted, spooked birds); Instead stay on logging roads and let the dog work the coverts.
5. Maybe cut the bag limits in areas. This was done with Snowshoe Hares and other game. If the flush rates are less in certain areas, the bag limit should correlate. Makes sense!
6. Don't hunt roosts...

This is our state bird...let's become good stewards. Any other ideas?
Across the range and not just Pa.:
1) Don't follow up flushes.
2) Don't skirmish line hunt covers...especially applies to deerhunters post-deer season.
3) In areas with an actual late season, consider the damage possible to the bird regardless of harvest....bag limit reduction means little but season reduction can mean much.
4) Since I use dogs, the traps would not be my thing but killing raccoons, et al or forcing the deerhunters to not feed them to breeding fatness...would be a good idea.
5) Urge the NF, and states for that matter, to manage the forests for age class diversity which benefits species beyond the ruffed grouse.
6) Fight the loss of traditional public access on Corporate acreage to the deer/turkey maneouver of Locate/Lease & Lock Up, at every opportunity.
7) View the strength and so needs of a grouse population based upon each local condition rather than on a rangewide perspective which may be more favorable to a hunter.
8) Pray for good weather....hatch and post-hatch.
9) Stop fretting about raptors and address the decline factors that will actually make the most difference...and most importantly...are obtainable.
10) Avoid coming across to the Public in public meetings like a single focus grousehunter...understand the importance of a healthy early successional habitat and push past one's own ox.
11) Require the RGS, if you belong, to continue to consider out-of-the-box thinking like the sadly flawed but well considered WVa Grouse Permit for leased paper lands.
12) Embrace the concept of ...Enough.
13) Throttle the claims, with intelligent counter-science, made by selfish obstructionists like the SELC and Buckeye Forest Council.
14) Understand that one does not have to shoot a ruffed grouse to kill it...each interaction with a grouse carries an effect.

That's a start.

GBE was correct....decades ago.

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Re: Grouse Hunting Etiquette

Continue to contribute to the Pittman-Robertson fund. The amount of grouse / woodcock habitat created by PGC with PR funds is staggering.

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When shooting a grouse, you all failed to mention to have your pinky finger extended out fully on whatever hand is supporting the gun at the forearm.

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Don't post hotspots on the internet...
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When shooting a grouse, you all failed to mention to have your pinky finger extended out fully on whatever hand is supporting the gun at the forearm.
and tweed & pipe smoking are encouraged.
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The big one in my book, Don't pull a "Cheney" on your hunting compadres

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Re: Grouse Hunting Etiquette

Jamesh,
Never Ground swat.
Never shoot a Grouse in a tree.
Always follow up your missed shots.
Never over hunt a Grouse Covert.
Never crowd another Grouse hunter, go some place else.
Never walk the Grouse woods with out your gun on safe.
Never belittle another mans gun dog.
Never give commands to another mans gun dog, without
permission.
Never ever let your dog bother another mans Grouse dog.
Always assume all shotguns are loaded.
Never point a shotgun toward another human.
Never hunt with more than 4 men, alone or with one other
hunter is still the best way to Grouse hunt.
Never give your shotgun to a stranger.
Always give a lady the 1st oppertunity at gunning.
Never shoot over another mans Gun dog without permission.
Once you have a bird, let your partner do the gunning.
Never ever stand behind another hunter and shoot.
Always teach fact when Grouse hunting, never unproven
theories.
Look for a mentor with more than 35 years Grouse hunting
experience, in the upland shooting life.
Never shoot more than twice at a Grouse or Woodcock,
this is sport hunting.
Never play dog, let your Grouse dog do the hunting,
you are along to pull the trigger when needed.
Never over hunt your dog, he is your hunting companion.
Always have medical gear on you or in your vehicle for dog
& human injuries.
Always carry a compass and know how to use it. New back
trackers are nice also.
Never use a GPS to identify Grouse coverts.
Never sell Grouse covert information.
Never hunt another mans Grouse coverts without him being
there.
Educate yourself as to what to do when your dog gets
caught in a trap, this is must know information.
Never panic if your dog gets caught in a trap.
Know how far the nearest Vet hospital and humman hospital
is from your hunting location, and how to get there.
Never leave a hunting partner in the woods, return to
the vehicle with them, then restart your lone hunt if you
are staying.

The upland shooting life is a learning experience,
these are just some of what the boys and girls in our
family have learned down thru many generations.

Pine Creek/Dave

Never care about what other people believe, be strong and walk in the way of the Lord.

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