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Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Schuylkill County, PA
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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