Re: Question on grouse fan diameter
I know over the years we took some pretty darn big grouse from the creek bottoms around home and they always ran bigger in the swamps than the ridge and mountain birds. Not sure why other than perhaps better food and cover down low. One year when I was young I shot an exceptionally large one, and lacking a vest with a game pouch, I slung it over my shoulder. After crossing the road by the house, a passing WCO actually stopped and checked me out and gave me a good natured rubbing about the size of the bird and if my grouse got any bigger I would have to use my fall turkey tag on them. Never forgot that, but it's been a long time since I have seen any of those big swamp birds.