Hello Guys- New member here from Ohio. I've recently become a proud owner of an American Brittany pup- she's 8 months old now and she's pointing to "whoa" and doing some retrieving. This sat I'm finally going to get her on some live quail. cant wait.
I'm hoping she will start scent pointing soon, or I may not be grouse hunting this fall after all....But she comes from a good bloodline and one of her brothers is now scent pointing as of about a month ago.
Molly is my first pointing dog- I'm super excited about getting a few grouse with her. I also have a 3-1/2 year old lab that is more a waterfowl/pheasant flushing dog (2 years ago he was awesome in ND)
Anyway- I'm tentatively planning a camping/hunting trip to Alleghany Forest in early Nov...then probably come back for thanksgiving time. I'm only 2-1/2 hours away from the Marienville area- maybe one day trips? I would suspect the amount of my trips depend on weather and success that I've had. There are a couple campsites that I've started looking at. "Red Bridge" & "Willow Bay" Near Bradford.
Is it feasible to be able to hunt- simply walking from the camps? Or would you say that everything has to be driven to?
Do these campgrounds get loaded with hunters?
Here in Ohio most of the thanksgiving day hunts are rabbit or deer...I would always duck hunt. How about PA? What are the common traditions? I mean, should I expect a huge amount of hunters in the national forest or? I realize its VERY large.
I plan on calling the PA Bureau of forestry to get tips on where the latest clear cuts where done....
Give you a bit of my grouse hunting background.... In high school we didn't know how good we had it...(1986-1990) We had a natural pocket of pheasants & grouse. The grouse spot was a deep ravine mostly facing south, with TONS of wild grapevines and small trees (cant remember the types) Small creek in the bottom.. Just about every time we went through there we would flush 2-3... I think 4-5 of us only killed 5-6 in 4 years... Havent been back there in many years- its mostly un-huntable now, amish houses have moved in.
The last time I saw a grouse was 3 years ago...5 of us were pushing a woodlot in Geauga county (yes, thanksgiving) for rabbits and whoosh! A couple guys saw it but got no shot off. I only heard it.
So, I'm anxious to put some miles on my boots and get my Ruger O/U dusted off in PA this year....hopefully the U.P. next year.
Thanks for any comments... Maybe I'll see some of you in the field sometime!