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Grouse broods and the weather

Curious to hear about what folks have been seeing this summer as far as grouse broods go. I have to imagine that the coincidence of hatch-out and the stretch of cold wet weather we had in North-central PA during the first week of June(temps around my place were in the mid-30s a couple of nights)probably took a bit of a toll. My grouse sightings overall have been down this year, but there could be a million reasons for that. Anyone been seeing young birds around recently?

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Re: Grouse broods and the weather

Saw three broods in last two days, bald eagle state forest, around rt. 80. All had 2-3. Plus 3 other lone grouse. All were on roads in state forest.

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Re: Grouse broods and the weather

I saw a hen with two maybe there was a third also on fourth of july weekend in Potter Co. I was curious why there werent more. Could these be the only ones left after the hatch?
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Saw three broods in last two days, bald eagle state forest, around rt. 80. All had 2-3. Plus 3 other lone grouse. All were on roads in state forest.
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Re: Grouse broods and the weather

I raise muscovy ducks and let them brood their own. I noticed the heat wave this summer caused less chicks 2-3 per hen...
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Re: Grouse broods and the weather

I've had a number of solo flushes this year but last week was my first brood flush and I could only verify 3 young with the hen. On another note I'm seeing plenty of woodcock.

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Re: Grouse broods and the weather

I've seen one brood of five and just down the road another hen with either three or four. Can't be certain because they all flushed at once and it was very thick. Also a couple singles with no younguns. We just started running the dogs in cover this week so haven't been out much yet.
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Re: Grouse broods and the weather

MNrover,
Here in the northen tier of Pa, the long wet spring was actually advantagous for the grouse population, it had very few cool nights so the insect life that grouse chicks really live on during their 1st months was plentful, our Grouse numbers should be up, saw nemerous clutches and
lots of bunnies for the avion & ground predators to feed on before they attack the grouse population, so its looking pretty darn good again this years.
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MNrover,
Here in the northen tier of Pa, the long wet spring was actually advantagous for the grouse population, it had very vew cool nights so the insect life that grouse chicks really live on during their 1st months was plentful, our Grouse numbers should be up, saw nemerous clutches and
lots of bunnies for the avion & ground predators to feed on before they attack the grouse population, so its looking pretty darn good again this years.
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Some of us are lucky enough to just step out the front door to see Grouse & Grouse cover, we hope you are able to do the same some day.
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