Grouse hunting questions
Please forgive my ignorance, as I read through this forum and realize that there is a wealth of knowledge on here, I figured I would try to get an education... I hunt grouse alone, dogless, and I am a "weekender" with moderate success, (average 3 birds a year on a dozen outings) I never had anyone to teach me how to hunt birds properly. Typically my approach is to cover as many thick areas I can find looking for food sources as I move. I typically cover around 15 miles a day. My question is, what tips can you guys offer up to me as a newbie? How does weather affect grouse? Do they prefer to be on the sunny sides of the mountain, or are they just as comfortable in the shade? Does wind change their routine? Do they even have a routine?? I have read a bunch of articles, both on hunting them and about grouse specifically as a species, but I don't know necessarily if those principals apply specifically to the birds in the area and habitat that I hunt. (Sullivan co) Any tips or advise would be appreciated, I enjoy hunting them, and have not problem "learning as I go" but I was just looking for some help.