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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Great Grouse Hunt

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 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.
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Sounds like a great day. Thanks for sharing!

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Similar experience Saturday. Took five dogs 70 miles down the road, didn't start till 11:30 or so. Found maybe 2-3 partially sunk in the snow. Moved 12 birds, 3 offering shots we had enough time to pull the trigger on, and 2 of those happening in situations on dog work we would shoot on... no birds were harmed. Highlights were one exploding out of the snow amongst some fallen timber a few feet off one dog's nose... Another dog with a find on a triple. Beat by days end, as it was usually on an incline either going down or up.

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Nice pictures!
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 03:53 AM
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Thanks great pictures. I got out for a few hours Friday flushed 3. Reflushed 2 of them missed one twice left frustrated.
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Nice pictures. Only put up one bird on Saturday. But my Lilly's dog work was great. Very happy with this past weekend.

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Really excellent photos and I'm glad there are a couple other mere mortals around here! I was beginning to think I'm the only one who misses more than I hit!

I really enjoy these photos of hunting in the snow. Haven't been out as much this year in the late season. Various reasons, none of them good, but as they say, it is what it is.

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Great pics. Just like being along for the hunt without all the sweat

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