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My Grouse and Hen Pheasant Dilemma

My early season has been most definitely a tad strange this year.

Opportunities for classic dream shots over solid points:

Woodcock............ none
Pheasant great..... best year ever
Grouse fantastic... more than ever

Pheasants Bagged... 12
Grouse Bagged......... 3

Now for the strange part. Nearly every time out for Grouse I have been running into Hen Pheasants in my favorite Grouse Covers and I have never had this happen before. As any excuse for my poor shooting is as good as any, the Hen situation has me now hesitating a second or so for conformation prior to taking the Grouse Shots as I normally would. Most of my Hunting is in Rooster only areas and I do my best to respect the PGA's game regulations. Even though the UN-mistakable sound of a Grouse's Flush has me already sighting in on the sound, I still find myself hesitating just a tad too long before taking the shot.

I have asked a few of my friends if they had ever experience my dilemma and most have replied with an affirmative no!. They all just smile and say "Perhaps You Need a Therapy Session at the Local Sheet Range".

Now, don't get me wrong this year had been fantastic for both "Link my Britt" and myself, I will cherish the memories of this early season for a long time to come. I am extremely lucky that Link is doing as well as he is. He is getting closer to 10 years old than 9 and I find myself missing him even though he is still with me.

So those of you who are waiting as impatiently for Deer Season to be over with as I am, join me in a toast to a great late season and hopefully many more.



Will this one be a Hen or Grouse? I just really don't know anymore!

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 02:12 PM
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Re: My Grouse and Hen Pheasant Dilemma

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So those of you who are waiting as impatiently for Deer Season to be over with as I am, join me in a toast to a great late season and hopefully many more.
I'll be sitting somewhere Saturday waiting for the first legal deer to appear, thinking lets get this over with and get back to clamoring bells, happy tails, and an empty woods.

Pending how far you are from me, if you send me the GPS coordinates I can go take a look and see if I would be able to offer any insight into more quickly differentiating the two.

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Re: My Grouse and Hen Pheasant Dilemma

I agree with Lyco, GPS coords will be needed to further assist you in your dilemma.

Backatcha with the toast and many more points.

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Lyco,
You old covert snitcher, we skin people who log GPS Covert locations here in Potter/Tioga, and you don't even want to know what we do to those who sell such information.

BirdChaser, if you are hunting above Rt 80, don't hesitate,
most all those hens will never make it thru the winter, and
they are good eating. If you hesitate on a Grouse he beats you almost everytime. A mixed bag dinner of Grouse, Pheasant and Woodock is prime eating, with a wild trout and dirty rice, and a little good wine its incredible.
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Re: My Grouse and Hen Pheasant Dilemma

Lyco and Lost

If I were so inclined to send you Guys the GPS coordinates to some of my covers I can tell from Pine_Creek's post that he just might have a Bounty for my demise placed on me. Ha! Ha!

I can; however, share this bit of info. Seems over 75% of my finds are in "Green Briar Thickets". I think the stuff is in-correctly named, "Green Barb Wire" would be a far more descriptive name than simply "Green Briar". When I return from a Hunt I appear as though I have had a encounter with "Freddie", from the movie Nightmare on Elm Street, or Edward Scissor Hands himself.

I also think the Grouse have been taking lessons from the knowledgeable Bow Hunters that Hunt in the thick stuff and pre-cut shooting lanes around their stands,the Grouse are getting gone so fast they must have cut themselves a few flight lanes.

The covers I usually find Birds are so thick I just cannot see how an avian predator could swoop down and snatch one without breaking a wing or it's neck. Some of these places are so thick I can barely get my gun barrel through the stuff. I have begun to believe that protective cover is very very important these days, far more than it used to be.

The Pheasant Hens that are contributing to my shooting disorder, may have discovered the same.


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PGC will take your license for a year if you shoot an illegal hen pheasant mistaken for a grouse...Ragosta

When I hunted out in Western Kansas...it was common to mistake a hen for a rooster with the morning sunshine...How much closer does a hen pheasant resemble a grouse?
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jamesh,

that's just not the sort of information that is going to help me with my new found shooting disorder. I am having a hard enough time with this mid-season deer crisis.

If it weren't for Bird Dogs and Upland Game Birds I would be just another Bored Old Man!
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Nearly every year someone we hunt the prairies with will mistake a hen pheasant for a sharptail and boom...you have an illegal supper! Once you've hunted them a bit it's nearly impossible to confuse the two though.

"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" Paul Simon.
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Re: My Grouse and Hen Pheasant Dilemma

hey birdchaser, I've got a picture just like that of my 8 year old britt

your pic reminded me of some great memories. dang I can't wait to hunt with him again

Life's too short to hunt with an ugly dog.

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Re: My Grouse and Hen Pheasant Dilemma

Yes, you certainly do Dan. Our 2 Britts even share a strong resemblance along with their desire of Pointing Birds in the roughest cover in an area.

Now, if we could only just teach them both to locate their Birds where we would like for them too!

Kinda reminds me of a good song title "Dream On"

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