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First grouse hunt of the season. (pics)

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by sbarkowski, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. sbarkowski

    sbarkowski Member

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    My buddy and I finally got out to do some grouse hunting. Early season and thick forest made it challenging but we got 4 birds in 3 hours without the help of my German Pointer. Probablly could have bagged our limits if she could have come with us, lots of them out there.

    From the forest to the table.. There's nothing like earning your dinner.


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  2. MCgunner

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    My, I just ate BBQ, but it still looks delicious. :D

    Only flushing game we have down here is quail. Grouse must be a lot of fun. I'm envious.
     
  3. sbarkowski

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    Grouse are definately challenging thats why I enjoy hunting them. Plus there great seasoned battered and deep fried!
     
  4. jim in Anchorage

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    Most grouse[most, not all] grouse in Alaska [spruce or ruffed] don't flush, just hop away and look at you. Guess they have never been shot at-I call em fool hens. Lots of fun with a .22 pistol.
     
  5. countertop

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    Nice.

    Where were you guys?? I'm heading up to Erie, PA first weekend of November for a grouse hunt. Cant wait for it!!
     
  6. sbarkowski

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    Northern Ontario Canada in the small town of North Bay.
     
  7. Mossberg535

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    I havent ever grouse hunted but Im going to try it out this year.
    I ran across a lot of them squirrel hunting the past few years, probably should have been out there for grouse too.
    definitely something Im going to hunt alone.
     
  8. 1KPerDay

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    Hope you don't mind the hijack but I thought I'd chime in; I got my first grouse of the year last saturday... humped about 8 miles through thick aspen brush. Saw one, got one. Beautiful day. I'd love to hunt back east or somewhere in those mythical places where they get 20 flushes a day, but out west you take what you can get. Still a blast. :)

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  9. sbarkowski

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    Dont mind at all :). Alot of people dont like it because of all the thick bush you have to make your way through to get them. Then when they flush theres so much cover and they can turn on a dime mid flight dodging behind trees, it takes work to bring them down. Luckly were blessed with a large number of them in the area that you dont have to walk to far to get on another one should one get away. And they do, alot. lol thats where a good dog helps alot. Great pics.
     
  10. MCgunner

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    Sounds like they'd have a lot of cover to fall in. A dog would help in retrieving, too. That's all my lab does. He wouldn't know a grouse from a pheasant. LOL Ducks and doves are his forte.
     
  11. sbarkowski

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    I have a 6 month old German Shorthaired Pointer, she just got fixed so I couldnt bring her out for this hunt. Right now she only points by sight or sound, hope there's nothing wrong with her sniffer. Maybe she's too young and all the smells are new and confusing? Im probablly expecting to much to soon also. I hid 4 wings around the back yard and she was able to find them all, but when it comes to finding live birds in unfamiliar territory she would just rather play than find me birds lol, but thats ok for now.
     
  12. garza

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    Those are some tasty looking tenders :D
     
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    Wazzup with posting tasty treat pix and not spouting forth with recipes? Are you trying to just soil my keyboard?
     
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    Grouse are extremely stupid, but also extremely unpredictable. Last week I was out and flushed one at about 5 yards. Then I noticed it's mate was still sitting on a log and had never moved. I guess communication between them isn't really a focus of their existence.
     
  15. Tim the student

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    What did you bread them with? Looks great!
     
  16. sbarkowski

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    Not much of a recipe really, its pretty straight forward. In a large ziploc bag, mix flour with salt, pepper, spices of your liking, (I used whatever the wife would let me touch in the kitchen :p) If it looks like too much spices then its probablly just the right amount. You can also throw potato chip crumbs into the mix, whichever kind you like as long as there small crumbs, that adds a nice touch as well. Cut breasts into thick strips. Beat 2-3 eggs in a bowl (does 3-4 breats), throw the strips into the bowl and coat them well with egg. Then throw the strips into the bag of flour, spices and chip crumbs and shake until all the pieces are well coated with the mix. Throw the strips into a deep fryer pre heated to 350-400 degrees. (do not over fill, pieces should be allowed to move freely in the oil) Once the pieces start to float in the oil continue to cook for 1 more min. then remove and let cool. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. I like plum sauce and ranch dip is great also.

    I made myself hungry again.. time to get out and bag some more brids!
     
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    Forest grouse sure are stupid birds. I shot one on saturday with my .22 (the only birds in Idaho legal to hunt with a rifle). He saw me so he went behind a bush that was so thin it was almost transparent. So I watched him trot behind the bush for a while trying to get a good solid bead on his head. Eventually he had to see if I was still there so he trotted back into the open and looked at me right before I shot him through the neck.

    I have also seen the exact same thing when one will take off from a log and the other will just sit there and stare at you. They are so dumb its funny.
     
  18. sbarkowski

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    Yes, thats true. Their defense is to stand completely still and try to blend in. If you want a more sporting hunt make the bird flush. I wont shoot a bird on the ground because I'm not hunting to feed myself. I can afford to lose one once in a while and not go hungry. Once you find the bird they will usually flush to the nearest opening if pushed out. Knowing that, you can anticipate where the bird will flush and get set up before your partner or dog flushes the bird towards that opening. I've found that about 80% of the time when a bird is flushed and you miss you'll find it in a tree opposed to back on the ground.
     
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    My favorite way to hunt them is in November when the leaves are off. You'll find them in the morning up in the crown of the trees catching some sun to warm up. Still hunt and glass the trees, pop 'em with a .22
     
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    We're having that problem with our lab. Took him dove hunting this season. He was really a little young last season to start hunting until toward the end of the duck season. I took him a few times and he'd hunt by sight, hasn't learned to follow the gun, either. But, he's young.

    On our dove hunt, we shot a lot of birds. He was hunting by sight. On a couple of occasions, though, he obviously used his nose, so I know he has a nose, LOL. Some dogs seem to be a little quicker than others on pickin' it up. I'm hoping he gets a little more into using his nose. We saved a bunch of feathers from a couple of early season teal hunts for training, gonna stuff an old sock with 'em and hide it from him, get him to sniff it out, hopefully. We didn't take him on the teal hunts because of the gators this time of year. Don't want him getting ate.
     
  21. jim in Anchorage

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    Not scientific, but I think females tend to count on their camouflage more [nest sitting] and males flush.
     
  22. ASCTLC

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    What is that cleaning method? Looks like some kind of "step on xxx and pull" or am I just interpretting something that's not there?

    Thanks,
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  23. 1KPerDay

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    Yes, you step on the wings and pull up on the legs. the breast (usually) pretty much jumps right out toward you and you can snip it off at the wing joints and you're done. Helps when cleaning a lot of pheasants at once.
     
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    Thanks. Never knew it'd be that easy.
     
  25. Tim the student

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    That method works great on pheasant too.
     
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