I decided to hunt Saturday at a place I haven't hunted for the past 4 seasons...this area was one of the places that was ravaged by a tornado way back in 1985. About 6 years ago a pretty good microburst went through the area and tore it up again. Most of the area has grown-up past good grouse cover IMO but the very steep hillsides and grapevines still hold a few grouse...it is really not that fun to hunt!!!
Lilly pointed a few birds in fairly open woods and I was able to miss the first three birds she found:
A cool imprint of the birds final step with wing marks:
Lilly pointed a couple of older snow caves either from this morning or the day before...however, this one she pointed was next to a small log and as I walked up to it I remarked to Lilly that I think the bird already had gone like the others she pointed...WRONG, I grouse blew out not 5 feet from me...I missed that birds twice also.
After that, Lilly went on point near a thick patch of greenbriar...two birds went out behind her offering no shot which was another mistake by me since when I approached her I thought the tracks were going away from her but they were actually going toward her and the birds went out behind her.
Some pictures of the cover...the second photo is the opposite hillside we hunted first:
It was a perfect day to hunt and I was soaked from sweat at the end, we moved a fair amount of birds and I shot 10 times and never ruffled a feather. Just 3 days earlier on New Years Day I killed two birds with four shots so I guess it was time for a reality check today. I took so time to take pictures of the food resources in this area:
A few grapes still hanging on...I should have kept them and made some ice wine:
Barberry and greenbriar fruit still hanging on:
Hercules club fruit...bears love this stuff:
My favorite tree in the woods...witch hazel. Notice the bud, it reminds me of deer hooves.
Good luck the rest of the season everyone.