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monstermoose78

@Rick you are correct but ducks vs grouse. I love grouse but it’s a drive to get to good grouse grounds. Maybe later this month.

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took the kids out last weekend. weather was beautiful saturday, iffy sunday. ended up with 7 birds. basically shot 100% i should stop for the year.  did end up with one nice male spruce grouse.

i've always found birds in pockets regardless of counts. as a matter of fact some of my best years have been the lowest count years. i've learned you can't shoot one from the couch! and a lot of peopl

Spent 9 days at camp with a buddy. Filled out in 4 1/2 days. Saw close to 90. They are pretty wild. Chased one for a quarter mile through swamps and islands before I got him. Spent the rest of the wee

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i've always found birds in pockets regardless of counts. as a matter of fact some of my best years have been the lowest count years. i've learned you can't shoot one from the couch! and a lot of people don't go when the numbers are supposedly low. that was near Orr. yup, kind of a haul. but i stayed in the hotel in orr with a pool so the kids could swim, then took them to the bear sanctuary in the evening. a pretty darn good weekend. gotta make it fun for the little ones!

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7 hours ago, PRO-V said:

We had a bit of snow up north again. Grouse hunting not too bad.

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Dang where are you guys-part of state. Hoping for a white Deer opener! 😃

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monstermoose78

Lots of grouse around this year. Anyone getting a few? 

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Kettle

Was out by palisade yesterday in the evening, flushed a few as well as woodcock still too thick to get shots off

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2adrsuess

I have the 12th and 13th off, I'm planning a couple day trips, but still deciding on locations. 

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IDLKTOBEFHSN

There are plenty of birds out there we got 25 for the 4 of us last week in 4 days. Cover isn't an issue if you are far enough north.

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2adrsuess

Quite the haul! How far north are we talking? I'm debating between Nemadji and Mille Lacs WMA. No dogs, solo at first light. 

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evinrudespeed

Tentative plan to get out Friday morning early. I’ll be North of Duluth. Hoping to chase some birds (grouse)!

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First time in Canosia Wildlife area...flushed 2 birds but no shot. Fun to be in the woods. Long season to keep trying this sport!

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Spent 9 days at camp with a buddy. Filled out in 4 1/2 days. Saw close to 90. They are pretty wild. Chased one for a quarter mile through swamps and islands before I got him. Spent the rest of the week cutting firewood, painting and exploring.

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2adrsuess

Good to hear other's are having success out there. I went out on Monday morning, just after we got all the rain. Perfect time of year I think, the aspen leaves are mostly down now, and I saw lots of promising grouse habitat. Spent the day bush whacking, but only managed to flush one bird (no shot) and it got into some thick cover that I couldn't pursue through. Still great to be outdoors, but I was bummed to not get to heat up the cast iron. Next time!

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    • smurfy
      yea i dont really understand the rational for changing it from dec 1 to nov 15 either.........whats the rush. i dont remeber any year since they changed the date that there was safe enough ice..........could be wrong though. i remember more years when it was dec 1 with plenty of iffy ice and that was going to itasca county lakes!!!!!!
    • jim curlee
      I guess I should read the regs once in awhile. I had no clue they changed the spearing opener, it was December 1st for as long as I can remember. Doesn't matter this year, still isn't enough ice to get out. It was around 16 last night so we probably made ice, but I'm going to need a few more days of single digits before I get out. Were booked for tomorrow, not sure yet if it's going to happen or not. Jim
    • gimruis
      I went a day last week for the first time this season and folded up two roosters in about an hour and a half.
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    • StateofHockey
      Was up this weekend, checked ice off North sides of Moccasin point and Breezy point. Both had 3-3.5" near shore but quickly dropped to 2-2.5" before you got 100' feet out. Not enough for me so retreated back to shore
    • monstermoose78
      Felt good enough to take a little walk and no birds seen. 
    • smurfy
      Yep still the 15th.
    • Mike89
      hey Jim, spearing opened Nov.15th if I remember correctly...  unless they changed up the dates again...  just sayin.....  
    • jim curlee
      We went for an ice scouting trip yesterday afternoon.   First lake we went to had sign of people fishin earlier in the day, I took the spud walked out 20' from the landing, 2 hits and the spud was through. Wherever anybody walked there was water in their tracks. No cars at the landing, and I didn't see any big open holes, so I figure they were lucky.   Went to lake #2 didn't even get out of the truck. Somebody had driven a wheeler around  to the west, and cleared a bit of snow to make a skating rink, open water straight out from the landing. Nobody skating, wonder why.   Went to lake #3 there was a half a dozen guy's fishin a half a mile out in the lake. I grabbed the spud, went out on the ice, chopped three different holes, the most it took was six hit's from the spud, and I was through. I'm thinkin 3"s of ice, and figured my guess was a little generous. I couldn't see where any of the guy's out fishin had even tried spudding, or drilling a hole, they just followed the other tracks out. Where they were fishin it was open last Sunday. I didn't see anybody catchin fish, and we were there at prime time. One group was spread out over a pretty good sized area, the other guys were standing in a group, with all kinds of junk around them. I have a word for those guy's, but can't post it here. LOL   I want to go fishin pretty badly, but there is a fine line out there that I'm not about to cross. We got in the truck and left that lake too.   Didn't even stop at Vermillion, can't believe it could be any better. The 3 lakes we looked at were all less than a 1000 acres in size, the one with the open water, right around 250 acres.   No body ever accused me of bein a genius, but I'm not about to risk my life to go fishin. LOL   Spearin opens on Tuesday, I'm chompin at the bit to go, supposed to get cold tonight, and tomorrow night, so maybe we'll make enough ice to go. At least where we spear you can touch the bottom if you go through. Our spearing lake is the one that took 2 hits. lol   Been there done that quite a few times over the year's, the older I get the less I want to get wet. LOL   The guy up at the baitshop told me he heard that Red lake had 7-9"s of ice, SURE.   Jim  
    • Bryan P
      @Wanderer Thanks. 
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