Grouse

Posted by: NickD90

Grouse - 09/09/18 07:45 AM

Anyone seeing any Grouse this year?

I've been out twice in the Mountain Loop and Sky drainages and have yet to find a single bird. I thought it would be game on yesterday with the little rain we had the day before, but no dice. I know they are where you find them, but come on. I seem to see birds whenever I'm not hunting, so maybe I should leave the shotgun at home!

Stupid birds > Stupid man.
Posted by: erikj

Re: Grouse - 09/09/18 05:34 PM

I've only seen three after three trips exploring new ground. I'm way east of you, but I've stomped around the areas you're hunting. North of Lake Rossi held a few. Might be worth a look.
Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Grouse - 09/11/18 08:54 PM

We’ve been seeing a fair’r number of late. It was tuff Hunting from the opening and early-on with the heat, lingering smoke, and potato chip dry hunting & hiking around to find them conditions. They were like Hunting wild rooster pheasant, flushing wild, and not holding for the pointers at all ! Hear you coming down the path, or through the woods, and they were flushing wild !!!

Looks like some older birds still sheparding a few batches of young up in the high berry patches. Late hatch perhaps ? Getting better with the wetter tho, and going up again tomorrow.

Good Luck.
Posted by: NickD90

Re: Grouse - 09/12/18 06:51 AM

Thanks Erik. I know that area pretty well, but haven't hunted it before. I hope to check it out this weekend.

Myass...I know its tough to do, but maybe leave the pups at home if they are jumping birds early? Are you seeing more birds still higher up or are they starting to spread out a bit?
Posted by: Ikissmykiss

Re: Grouse - 09/12/18 09:12 AM

Nick,

The grouse in and around my cabin area have been virtually nonexistent through the first two weekends. D and I have only seen one, where normally we'd have 8 -12 by now.

I've found grouse to be very cyclical, and this appears to be a down year, at least on the dry side.

Ike
Posted by: stam

Re: Grouse - 09/12/18 11:13 AM

Been picking berries a bit lately and have been surprised by a few more (grouch..not berries) than usual this year, seems like the bandtails are coming back pretty well, too, I just like to watch those guys fly.
Posted by: Driftin'

Re: Grouse - 09/12/18 11:17 AM

Pard and I used to take the horses into the high country in September to cache necessities before returning to chase big mulies. There was a minuscule spring seep in the draw below camp. If the weather had been dry for a long spell, the grouse would flock into the treetops surrounding that seep every evening, dropping in for a drink before roosting up for the night.

Grocery shopping....
Posted by: Driftin'

Re: Grouse - 09/12/18 11:24 AM

Originally Posted By: stam
Been picking berries a bit lately and have been surprised by a few more (grouch..not berries) than usual this year, seems like the bandtails are coming back pretty well, too, I just like to watch those guys fly.


There isn't much better table fare than blueberry-finished bandtail done up in a crock pot.
Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Grouse - 09/12/18 05:49 PM

Originally Posted By: NickD90
Thanks Erik. I know that area pretty well, but haven't hunted it before. I hope to check it out this weekend.

Myass...I know its tough to do, but maybe leave the pups at home if they are jumping birds early? Are you seeing more birds still higher up or are they starting to spread out a bit?




No can do with the dogs, almost more important than the shotguns in bringing birds to hand ! wink

The birds seem to be spreading out. We actually were jumping more birds lower in the bottoms, creeks, and thick stuff early. The wild flushers were all bigger birds, likely parents with little guys. We jumped a good number of broods early, but now mostly singles. With this rain and wet up high in the last few daze, weeks, the berries have finally plumped up nice, and the birds are showing. We are hunting close to home, mostly around the White , Geenwater, and Puyallup drainages.on the wet side from the bottoms to the crest...

Good Luck
Posted by: NickD90

Re: Grouse - 09/12/18 06:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Ikissmykiss
Nick,

The grouse in and around my cabin area have been virtually nonexistent through the first two weekends. D and I have only seen one, where normally we'd have 8 -12 by now.

I've found grouse to be very cyclical, and this appears to be a down year, at least on the dry side.

Ike


BB mentioned that to me and that sucks - but I'm still coming over to hunt anyway! I just talked with Toff and he found birds camping last weekend and came home with a hilarious story to boot. Deer camp work on Saturday, but we may hit the hills on Sunday. Shrooms should be POPPIN' with all this rain.

Thanks for the tips gents. thumbs