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Grouse Hunting

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My brother in law and cousins just got their first Minnesota Bears, near Ely.

Bear Season means Grouse season is soon to be here, and I am getting excited for a trip the first week in october. Anyone seen any birds? Any thoughts on what the season might be like the first week in October, near Ely??????

Thanks.

Mark

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Great job on the bears! grin.gif

Drum counts this spring were up 10 to 20 percent. Spring was warm and dry, ideal conditions for hatching and rearing young grouse. The summer drought had no negative impact on grouse. Broods were large and early, so there should be few of those half-grown re-clutch birds you see after wet cold springs.

In other words, there are a LOT of birds around for a change, and it appears the cycle is swinging back up.

Of course, you're going to have to compete with the leaves the first couple weeks of the season. Well, considering the drought, we might have an early leaf drop, too.

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I didn't hear much drumming in my area and thats in prime grouse habitat. What drumming I did hear was a for a very short period. Wasn't a good sign but the grouse are dispersing now and I've noticed I have birds moving in. I'm guessing around me there were two hatches because we're seeing very young and fully grown broods.

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In the Duluth area I have seen birds every trip into the woods the last few weeks. Lots of large cubies, most have over 10 birds.

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Thanks for the Reply's you guys, and Yes, I'm leaving Yellowstone National Park to come to Ely to go Grouse hunting and fishing for a week.

Thats how much I love the Minnesota Northwoods.

Sounds like we should do ok, but I mainly just enjoy the fall atmosphere!

Nothin like a few grouse, fried potatoes, and some baked beans over the campfire!

Mark

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This year i see families everytime i go into the woods. This is the first year in 3 or four i have seen this. And large family groups. i cannot wait. Next to fishing, Ruffed grouse hunting is right up there as my favorites

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Hey longrifle, where are you from?

I have to agree, grouse hunting is right there with fishing, I wish that time of year lasted longer.

--Mark

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