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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2017, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Low Grouse Numbers True?

I'll start off by saying it's been quite a few years since I chased grouse. I was reading about the grouse population being down due to a virus, or some other phenomena. The past few days I was up in the north central part of the state deer hunting with some friends. On ever drive, we flushed grouse, and in one particular area we flushed 12 grouse between the two of us in a 1/4 mile walk. I know that the 4 I had seen definitely were not the same grouse flying and landing as when I flushed them, they went off to the right 90 degrees. Honestly, I was shocked and delighted at the number of grouse I had seen.

So my question is this, are the numbers really down, or is that in certain pockets of the state? We found grouse in the big hardwoods in the laurels, with the 12 mentioned above being found in an area that had been slash cut within the last 10 years as the sapplings were all about 1" thick or less.

Curious as to what the real grouse hunters are saying. Sad that there is no late season as I'd definitely have my English Setter up there after them!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-10-2017, 06:33 AM
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It must be true, out biologist says it is. And that is confirmed by the pheasant hunters who dont hunt grouse more than a couple days of the year, some not at all.

Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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I'll start off by saying it's been quite a few years since I chased grouse. I was reading about the grouse population being down due to a virus, or some other phenomena. The past few days I was up in the north central part of the state deer hunting with some friends. On ever drive, we flushed grouse, and in one particular area we flushed 12 grouse between the two of us in a 1/4 mile walk. I know that the 4 I had seen definitely were not the same grouse flying and landing as when I flushed them, they went off to the right 90 degrees. Honestly, I was shocked and delighted at the number of grouse I had seen.

So my question is this, are the numbers really down, or is that in certain pockets of the state? We found grouse in the big hardwoods in the laurels, with the 12 mentioned above being found in an area that had been slash cut within the last 10 years as the sapplings were all about 1" thick or less.

Curious as to what the real grouse hunters are saying. Sad that there is no late season as I'd definitely have my English Setter up there after them!

Jay
Most likely you saw same grouse ..We had guys in our gang that saw 9 deer in day ,those 3 deer would run from 1 side of hollow to other and they would count,3,6,9 and could not wait to tell me they saw 9 deer..YES numbers are down way down....Yes during winter food source can be in 1 area and you could see many grouse and think they are like this everywhere...What you saw was grouse after cover/food in that area all bunched up usually that happens in jan/feb ..
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-31-2017, 09:16 PM
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my dad and I are in northern potter , we've seen grouse several times on our land ,and riding 4- wheeler around our area
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