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Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

I saw a load of bird tracks in the snow going through and under Rhododendron patches. They looked too small for turkey and I would like to think they are grouse, but I did not flush one and rarely do I see grouse in Rhododendron. There were some birch trees mixed in with the Rhododendron and they looked like grouse tracks. Any idea?
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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

Flushed 2 grouse out of rhododendron bushes in rifle season, early in the morning. I would guess they would be grouse, or pheasant. If no pheasant areas are near by then grouse would be my guess.

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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

grouse will go where they can find food. if there are grapevines or teaberries or anything like that, they will find it. i've flushed a lot of grouse out of rhododendron and mountain laurel.

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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

I have found them in the laurels and Rhododendrons alot in the late season, problem is they can see you and the dog coming from a mile away. I just avoid those areas, simply no fun to hunt.
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I have found them in the laurels and Rhododendrons alot in the late season, problem is they can see you and the dog coming from a mile away. I just avoid those areas, simply no fun to hunt.
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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

Well I guess I'll be the first to ask; please supply gps coords of said tracks in order for us(me) to fully investigate..
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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

I read an article a few years ago by Frank Jezzario, or however you spell it, about the success he's had hunting grouse in laurel and rhododendron patches. I came away thinking that he's either a lot better grouse hunter than I am, or that he's making things up. Perhaps both??

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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

I didn't read the article Big Don but the only time i have had success is on the edges of laurel in deeper snow
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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

I recently (yesterday) had 4 or 5 flush way some 40 yards ahead of me. These guys where feeding in some shallow laurel along a road. They flushed into a huge patch and I spent two hours looking for them. No luck.
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Re: Bird Tracks in Rhododendron

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I read an article a few years ago by Frank Jezzario, or however you spell it, about the success he's had hunting grouse in laurel and rhododendron patches. I came away thinking that he's either a lot better grouse hunter than I am, or that he's making things up. Perhaps both??
Yes, grouse can be found in those species at times. I don't hunt them there, but have found them there. Also, yes, sometimes writers lie. Mostly magazine writers. Its a fact. If its your job to produce reading material and you are down to 2 days before you have to submit something, its time to start lying or looking for a new job. Writers cramp doesn't fly too well at Outdoor Life.
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