Yeah – I know it’s March. But I’m always in an October state of mind. This video will help you get there, too. The first ten minutes feature good dogs, great cover, and, most importantly, BIRDS.
October’s here — finally. And even though Maine’s state biologists predict a mediocre grouse season and the foliage colors are sure to be muted, I’m looking forward to the fall.
I’ll be hunting the last two weeks of the month for sure, and then any other days & weekends I can fit in.
After a disappointing 2015, I’m shifting away from central Maine. There are birds there, but I’m having a harder time finding them. I also have less free time to look for them, too. And when you have limited time to hunt, one birdless day’s is a big deal — and not something I want to experience again.
Anyway, here are some pics of hunts and memories from seasons past. I hope you enjoy them.
Like grouse hunting? Then you’ll really like these short films. They’re part of the Project Upland Film: Bird Hunting Film Series a ” film initiative to help promote the future of upland bird hunting and the non-profit The Ruffed Grouse Society.” Check them out now.
The Experience: Follow veteran Grouse hunter and New Hampshire native Harry Rowell into the Grouse woods. While Hunting New Hampshire, Harry reflects on his passion for Grouse hunting and the experience as a whole. A humbling short film that will inspire future and current bird hunters alike.
Because They’re Wild: Follow Northeast Regional Director of The Ruffed Grouse Society, Tripp Way into the Grouse Woods. Tripp reflects on his enjoyment of the woods, his passion for the Ruffed Grouse and the precious time spent afield with friends. As a dedicated conservationist and experienced upland hunter Tripp delivers the powerful line of “Its our responsibility to get these folks in the woods”.
Here’s one of the best grouse-hunting videos I’ve seen. It was produced by the Ruffed Grouse Society. If you care about grouse & woodcock, you should join the Ruffed Grouse Society and help them conserve and create wild-bird habitat.
This video sums it up nicely. It’s from Ann Jandernoa of Northwind Enterprises.
Here are couple nice ruffed grouse videos to check out. The first one is a good intro to ruffed grouse and the second one shows a drumming grouse.
Puck and I spent last Saturday up in Maine with Grey’s Outfitters. We had a great time and we moved 12-14 grouse in all. Unfortunately, I’m a lousy shot, so no birds to take home.
Below are two quick videos from the day. The English Pointer is a young male named Rock.
I wonder what Darwin would have made of this video. From what I’ve read, evolution doesn’t allow for the frivolous. Animals are purposeful and our actions are supposed to be all about passing on our genes. So what’s going on in this video? From what I can see, this grouse is clearly playing with this kid.
If you’ve ever hunted ruffed grouse, you know just how fast these birds can be – at least when they’re flying. What you may not know, and what I never realized, is just how fast grouse are on their feet.
This quick video shows just how quick these birds can be. In it you’ll see roosting grouse. Grouse do this after they fill their crops with food. A bit off the ground, and with his back in against the brush, this grouse is tough to see. Predators would have a difficult time approaching him without being noticed.
Watch to see how reluctant this bird is to move and give up his location. But once he realizes he’s in trouble, it’s amazing how fast he moves. It’s also interesting that he doesn’t fly off. It makes me wonder how many times they’ve simply run away from my dog when she goes on point.
The woodcock are officially back in Maine. Puck pointed our first one of 2012 yesterday. I thought we would find more of them, but they just weren’t around. It is a little early, though. Puck also pointed a grouse. Overall, it was nice day. Enjoy the pics.
Here’s a quick little video that shows Ann Jandernoa of Northwind Enterprises explaining some things to look for when you’re trying to find grouse.
Ann is a grouse wizard. Puck and I hunted with her in the fall of ’04 and she really knows her stuff. If you want to learn more about grouse, grouse hunting, a great dogs, I suggest getting touch with her.
I was doing a bit more research into winter time grouse foods when I came across this: Winter Food Habitats of Ruffed Grouse in Young Aspen Stands. This paper is based on finding from a 1972-1973 study of 10-15 year old clear cuts in Oneida County, Minnesota.
I’ve always been told that grouse switch to Aspen buds as cold winter moves in and the ground freezes up. This string over at Upland Journal proves that that’s not the whole story. Some bird’s diets are a bit more diverse.
The bird was shot in late December. Check out the content of it’s crop (and just how full that crop is) to see what it has been eating.
I think that green, leafy stuff is Toothed Wood Fern.
Here’s an anthill I came across a couple of weeks ago that looks like it’s pretty popular with grouse. I don’t know if they roost on it, dust themselves on it, or do both.
As a hunter, I usually don’t get see grouse doing there own thing. Here are few videos of them doing just that. It’s amazing how many berries they can stuff into their crops.
Here’s something you like to see outside one of your grouse covers. Those are some plump looking birds. I think they’re feeding on Rowan, aka mountain ash berries. At first I thought it was Winterberry, but the berries are in clusters made me change my mind. Any botanists out there?