Any of you guys ever go out for a little ride and have wildlife sort of keying on the ATV?
For the 4th time, I have had a grouse just sort of walk along side me....stop when I stopped, run when I sped up a little.
I went out this morning to cut some wood for the fire pit. Took the ATV with a small cart attached. Cut some wood and while on the way back home.....Basically crawling along at 3 to 4 mph, I had a grouse start to shadow me on the right side of the path. I stopped.....The grouse stopped. I started crawling along again and the grouse followed me. At one point, the grouse was a little ahead of me and I stopped.....It crossed the road not 3 feet from my front tires and stood there on the left side of the trail staring at me.
I was only a few hundred yards from the house at this point so I just headed on home. I got it up to maybe 5 mph on the trail into my back yard and when I looked back.....The grouse was actually running up the middle of the path behind me....I guess it was trying to keep up.
Anyhow, the grouse would not follow me past the shed and to the house, But it hung out at the edge of the back yard for probably 20 minutes or so before walking back into the woods.
I'm thinking maybe the sound of the engine may imitate the sound of a grouse drumming.
I'll tell ya though....That was frickin' neat.