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Day two of our upland hunt came and went - again, we were fortunate to get our birds, but, took a lot more shells and time than we thought - the strong wind made wing shooting a challenge! Very hard to shoot when they are flying straight at you at warp speed after scaring the bejesus out of you....
Prob saw 12-15 different coveys of Huns, and 40-60 Sharpies. Definitely in an area where the population was strong. Saw one other hunter over two days hunting.
Abandoned railroad tracks, overgrown, were the ticket for Sharpies; abandoned farms for Huns.
 

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Got a ruffed grouse today, it took awhile to find it in the thick bush but I managed to retrieve it... I need a dog!
Let me know if you're getting a dog ... I can help hook you up with one that's well bred and assist with training. Currently training 4 different GSPs right now for clients ... lol ... only one of them for hunting though.
 

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tomorrow is the start of our 7 days of grouse hunting. The last 3 years it has snowed, this year +30? My buddy is teasing me wondering if he should still bring his to toque and gloves… need it this year. Wish us luck and I’ll keep you posted. We do all our hunting on the east side of the province.
 

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tomorrow is the start of our 7 days of grouse hunting. The last 3 years it has snowed, this year +30? My buddy is teasing me wondering if he should still bring his to toque and gloves… need it this year. Wish us luck and I’ll keep you posted. We do all our hunting on the east side of the province.
Good luck! Populations are good in the East ... it's too hot to hunt grouse lol! I'm waiting for the nice cool days again. :p
 

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tomorrow is the start of our 7 days of grouse hunting. The last 3 years it has snowed, this year +30? My buddy is teasing me wondering if he should still bring his to toque and gloves… need it this year. Wish us luck and I’ll keep you posted. We do all our hunting on the east side of the province.
Good luck!
 

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Bagged a sharptail yesterday morning and saw a few more that kept flushing out of range. Wore the wrong gear and ended up with soaked feat and pants from the dew so left early, won't make that mistake again! Hopefully will get my son his first this weekend and or some waterfowl 🤞
 

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Another good day - limit of huns and sharpies (8 and 2 respectively). Couldnt find one hun, but counted that towards my limit
Man i miss my dog….
Pics are birds and terrain i was hunting - i only hunted 2 hours, saw 6 flocks of huns and 3 groups of sharpies. Gotta love the high cycle!
20g o/u and #6 was the ticket - and no, no ground swatting - i dont do that
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We have hunted ruffed grouse from Wednesday to Friday and it has been tough going. We’re only finding four or five birds a day and we have been hunting as far south as white mud lake, up the 308, and in the white shell provincial park. Hopefully the next fe2 days are better.
 

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I'm not sure if cause it's been so warm out or the lack of frost but I haven't shot or even seen a ruffie yet
We were talking about this last week while hunting - we think it's lack of frost and the foliage not quite ready to drop yet. They're out there, I was hearing them drumming like crazy, just couldn't find them in the bush yet.
 

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Our annual rough grouse hunt camp is over. We hunted hard for 5 1/2 days and have the blisters to prove it. The weather is incredible and the understory is open, while the canopy is green to yellow. Weird year. The open understory was a big help to spot birds. The grouse are feeding heavily on mushrooms, clover, strawberry leaves and bear berry. Mostly singles, but some families have still not dispersed so we saw some groups. The birds are far and few between in the east and we have to put in a lot of walking to flush four or five a day. Talked to local bear guides and hunters we saw and all said the same. After we got our first two (final nights dinner) we only wing shoot. Man we missed some easy ones, but also snap/swing shot some heavy cover ones right through ever greens. it’s fun to find them on the ground and then get in a position to force a flush to get a shot. you learn a lot about how they freeze, or run, or hoop up into trees. They often cluck and give themselves away. Driving out of one area a ruffy flushed and flew inches in front of our windshield for a few seconds at 20 km/ hr. Ahhhhh. Where were you when I was walking. Lol. Anyways, nothing is better then a mixed stand trail with leaves under foot and the hope of a perfect flush and shot. I’ll be out again when my blisters heal. take care guys.
 

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Our annual rough grouse hunt camp is over. We hunted hard for 5 1/2 days and have the blisters to prove it. The weather is incredible and the understory is open, while the canopy is green to yellow. Weird year. The open understory was a big help to spot birds. The grouse are feeding heavily on mushrooms, clover, strawberry leaves and bear berry. Mostly singles, but some families have still not dispersed so we saw some groups. The birds are far and few between in the east and we have to put in a lot of walking to flush four or five a day. Talked to local bear guides and hunters we saw and all said the same. After we got our first two (final nights dinner) we only wing shoot. Man we missed some easy ones, but also snap/swing shot some heavy cover ones right through ever greens. it’s fun to find them on the ground and then get in a position to force a flush to get a shot. you learn a lot about how they freeze, or run, or hoop up into trees. They often cluck and give themselves away. Driving out of one area a ruffy flushed and flew inches in front of our windshield for a few seconds at 20 km/ hr. Ahhhhh. Where were you when I was walking. Lol. Anyways, nothing is better then a mixed stand trail with leaves under foot and the hope of a perfect flush and shot. I’ll be out again when my blisters heal. take care guys.
I love the cluck. I use it like a superpower. Walk silently, keep the eyes in the underbrush (or rather through it), and listen. You definitely don't cover as much ground, but you end up seeing/flushing more birds per km than just walking along hoping to find a bird sitting in the middle of the trail. Far more tiring though.
 

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Our annual rough grouse hunt camp is over. We hunted hard for 5 1/2 days and have the blisters to prove it. The weather is incredible and the understory is open, while the canopy is green to yellow. Weird year. The open understory was a big help to spot birds. The grouse are feeding heavily on mushrooms, clover, strawberry leaves and bear berry. Mostly singles, but some families have still not dispersed so we saw some groups. The birds are far and few between in the east and we have to put in a lot of walking to flush four or five a day. Talked to local bear guides and hunters we saw and all said the same. After we got our first two (final nights dinner) we only wing shoot. Man we missed some easy ones, but also snap/swing shot some heavy cover ones right through ever greens. it’s fun to find them on the ground and then get in a position to force a flush to get a shot. you learn a lot about how they freeze, or run, or hoop up into trees. They often cluck and give themselves away. Driving out of one area a ruffy flushed and flew inches in front of our windshield for a few seconds at 20 km/ hr. Ahhhhh. Where were you when I was walking. Lol. Anyways, nothing is better then a mixed stand trail with leaves under foot and the hope of a perfect flush and shot. I’ll be out again when my blisters heal. take care guys.
I've also been in the east side of the province hunting ruffies, it hasn't been the easiest year so far.
 

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I've been out a few times to the east with a similar story. Couple wing beat, couple fluff and feather piles along roads.
I have not seen as many magpie and jays per trip as usual, but not exactly science.
I wouldn't mind if we had even a part time upland bird specialist. When they weren't letting gov know that there is a dollar to be made in having more than just goose hunters in fields they could pass out a few blood test strips to see how bad, or not, West Nile is in local grouse pop, east and west.
 
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