Grouse

AK_Skeeter

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We have 3 species of grouse in interior Alaska: sharptailed, ruffed, spruce.
I often see ruffed and spruce in my backyard (aspen/white spruce).
These were from this morning.
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These are mostly sharptails from a September hunt in an old wildfire burn area:
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dtrkyman

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Grouse are awesome birds, been hunting dusky(blue) here. No dog, so lots of miles and few birds but I enjoy it.
 
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Mt Al

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Really want to bird hunt in AK some day! I never thought sharptails were that far North until a few years ago.

I especially like your original Dana Design - Atralplane or Terraplane?
 
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Really want to bird hunt in AK some day! I never thought sharptails were that far North until a few years ago.

I especially like your original Dana Design - Atralplane or Terraplane?
I bought that Dana Design pack in the 1990s...at the time one of the largest capacity packs they made.
It is an arcflex Astralplane...after nearly 30 years of heavy use, it is still in great shape.
 

VernAK

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Skeeter,

The grouse population is very low here in Delta. I'm hoping it recovers a bit this year.
Our area was attracting grouse hunters from L48 because of the high limits published in the regulations.
We finally got that knocked down to a reasonable number so expectations weren't over the top.

I don't even shoot grouse any more. I call my lady partner with dogs so she can have fun with the pooches.
 

49ereric

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I hunt ruffed grouse in Mn but hard to hit most the time.
need to find a cheap 20 gauge and saw it off for the heavy cover sneak hunts. Can‘t bring myself to cut my 311 Stevens 20 gauge double. mostly Use a single shot 410 For the short range.
bird numbers been low the last few year.
 

dkell

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The stoeger coach gun is a nice little grouse gun for the MN woods if you aren’t an O/U S/S purist.

I have also used an old Remington semi that my pops had cut the stock short to fit his short little arms and it works just about perfect for those quick draws in thick cover.
 

johnnycake

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Hopefully these hot, dry temps in June and so far into July will translate into strong hatch and brood survival counts. A couple more weeks and Ava and I will be helping ADFG count ptarmigan chicks in south-central, so here's to hoping!
 
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Hopefully these hot, dry temps in June and so far into July will translate into strong hatch and brood survival counts. A couple more weeks and Ava and I will be helping ADFG count ptarmigan chicks in south-central, so here's to hoping!
YES. Since they eat buds during the winter, my impression is spring conditions are much more important.
This ruffy was budding in our backyard .
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johnnycake

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YES. Since they eat buds during the winter, my impression is spring conditions are much more important.
This ruffy was budding in our backyard .
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I've gotten to know the small game bio in SC pretty good the past few years. The biggest population driver is the weather for grouse and ptarmigan. Most grouse chicks hatch around 6/15, ptarmigan a week later. Cold or heavy rain from mid June to about July 7 will kill a bunch of chicks.

But this hot, dry weather this year is ideal for them.
 
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