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Mountian quail and grouse

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Victor1Echo, Sep 10, 2010.

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  1. Victor1Echo

    Victor1Echo Member

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    Tommorrow is the opener for mountian quail and grouse. I will be roaming for both. My first time! So what ammo to use? I have a 12 guage with a mod choke.
     
  2. oneounceload

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    Out West, these birds, hunted over dogs, were fairly close. Spreader loads with a Mod would do well, but I suspect they are not available there. Light loads with 7-1/2 or 6 will do fine - just don't shoot them under 15 yards if you want to eat them
     
  3. ArmedBear

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    Where are you?

    The toughest part of mountain bird hunting is finding the !@#$ things before your legs give out from climbing.:)

    Just got back from a long combo of Jeeping and hiking around the local mountains looking for grouse. Two big-running dogs, still zero birds, and I know we were in grouse country because we have found them there in the past, as well as recently. The elevation gains when we were hiking really took a lot out of us.

    So remember: it's mountain climbing too, not just hunting. Remember to stop and enjoy the views, the forest sounds, and everything around you. You can buy chicken at the store.

    Best of luck!
     
  4. Victor1Echo

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    I am in the Owens Valley, California. I ended up going out with 8. Yesterday, I found some mountian quail, and got a few shots off, no quarry. Today, I hiked around in the Sierras for a few hours at 10,000/11,000 feet looking for grouse. No luck, but had a magical time! Then I went out for dove in the evening, no luck there either. That's okay, becasue I had a magical time! I think I will post about it.
     
  5. Ridgerunner665

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    Dang I miss grouse hunting....since the turkeys took over here in Northeast Tennessee grouse have become nearly extinct in this area.

    15 years ago you would jump many of them just walking through the woods...Now, well the last one I've seen (and the only one in about 6 years) was while deer hunting last year...a single bird, flushed on my way to a deer I had shot.

    Modified choke, 6 or 7 1/2 shot size...I hunted with an 870, or an 1100, or an Auto 5 or a Sweet 16...depending on the mood I was in, LOL. (usually the 870)
     
  6. Armored farmer

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    good advice
     
  7. Victor1Echo

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    One of my dogs ran off on me today, and it was really all my fault. I wrote about it on Dakotasin's post about good dogs. I need a few drinks!
     
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    A hiker found my dog and brought her back to my house while I was at work. Very relieved and thankful!
     
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