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2010 Ruff Grouse hunting reports-how did you do?

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brittman

See my separate thread post about Sunday. Wet conditions were just great for scenting birds.

I have been grouse hunting 4 days in the past 9 days. I would say the birds are in full dispersal mode right now.

Fresh birds compared to earlier in October. More birds flushing up and sitting in trees. More birds on trails. Birds holding better for dogs' points. Still the wild birds around, but they are intermixed with birds that probably have not seen much hunting pressure.

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CRAZYEYES

There still seems to be no shortage of birds, My dad and I waked for about 2 hours friday night on the way up to shut down the cabin and saw quite a few. A few real dumb ones too. I also saw 4 or 5 while I was walking around putting up tresspassing signs for deer season. One of them sat there looking at me so long I almost threw my hammer at it.

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mixxedbagg

Any birds left in the Chip? grin I'm probably going to see if I can't find a virgin trail or two somewhere north of 2 and west of Deer River on Friday.

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tybo

Hunted Chip over the weekend. Didn't move many grouse SAT am which was disappointing given the great conditions. Did move 6 or 7 woodcock which was nice. Bagged one of them. Moved a few grouse SAT evening and bagged two grpuse between two of us. Moved a good number of birds SUN am. Could have had a few more with better shooting but that's always the case. Still lots of birds out here.

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Huskie

Can you legally hunt grouse with a shotgun the day before the deer firearms opener?

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Pinusbanksiana

You can legally hunt grouse DURING the deer season. It doesn't close.

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mixxedbagg

Do deer hunters get upset about people hunting birds in the woods the day before opener? I've heard it moves around deer that they may have had an eye on.

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varmithtr

I see things a couple ways here. If you are hunting public land, it shouldn't really matter. However, I don't think I or anyone else is ever going to change the mindset of some whom think that public land has become theirs because they have hunted there "for years". For me, I am not interested in drama in the woods. Personally, I don't even hunt grouse on the weekend before deer season. Lot's of urbanites warriors checking stands, driving machines, etc.. I will hunt twice this week, both before Thursday afternoon, and be back a couple days after season after things settle down a little bit.

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Pinusbanksiana

As soon as my deer is hanging I am out looking for a spot to grouse hunt and not bother any deer hunters. Contrary to popular belief, that sea of orange is gone in just a few days.

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Matt Breuer

It goes both ways... Maybe I've had my eyes on a nice burnt orange ruffed grouse, who only comes out to the clover 20 mins. after sun-up. He walks out from under this old stand that people illegally built on State land. Well the day I planned to shoot him there was a guy sitting in the stand at that time. Wrecked my hunt.... grin

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tacklejunkie

Well, instead of voting I decided to take the shotgun out and walk some trails for the second time this year. Saw good numbers and managed to drop two.

Great day to be out

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Pinusbanksiana

Me too, hunted all day flushed 19 shot 4. Not a single woodcock today.

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TylerS

Man...no reports in a long time. Deer hunting taking priority? I'm itching to get after some ruffs at least once more. Just need to find time...

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