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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #45 on: November 08, 2021, 01:47:20 PM »
Anybody have suggestions on where to find them/tips for this time of year?  Taking my older son out and want to have some fun. Iím in western wa, Capitol forest/Elbe hills preferably but Iím in that general area. Thanks guys happy hunting. Nice to see the pics, only been lucky enough to see a couple fly off thus far

I bumped into a few while deer hunting the general season. Been seeing them in the mornings (even as late as 9:30am) by small creeks that run through riparian areas. Find a spot like this that has a gravel road that runs through it and you'll see them out picking up grit.
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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #46 on: November 11, 2021, 02:19:30 PM »
Anybody have suggestions on where to find them/tips for this time of year?  Taking my older son out and want to have some fun. Iím in western wa, Capitol forest/Elbe hills preferably but Iím in that general area. Thanks guys happy hunting. Nice to see the pics, only been lucky enough to see a couple fly off thus far

I bumped into a few while deer hunting the general season. Been seeing them in the mornings (even as late as 9:30am) by small creeks that run through riparian areas. Find a spot like this that has a gravel road that runs through it and you'll see them out picking up grit.

Thank you!  Iíll keep at it and heed your advice. Everyone I know says the only find them when theyíre not looking for them lol

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #47 on: November 27, 2021, 11:16:19 PM »
Figure I should jump in here and post something

Long time Pheasant hunter.  This is my first year looking for Grouce.  Iíve been reading and watching everything I can and feel I have a decent idea of what Iím looking for.  It seems hard to keep elevation below 2O00 feet.


When talking with loggers and deer hunters. Iím hearing numbers of Grouse are down this year.  I have also read they are on a 10 year cycle.

Iíve got roughly 15 hours on foot walking trails in Eastern Pierce county.  Iím find it quite enjoyable and love not doing the long drives to Eastern WA.  That said  I have yet to see a bird.   Is this the norm this year or me just learning the ropes.  Or perhaps it has more to do with me looking in Eastern Pierce county.  Or am I getting started late in the season?

I realize this is a lot like mushroom foraging and fishing Iím not asking for locations.  Just curious how others are doing in S King / Pierce County

Any help/advice would be appreciated
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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #48 on: November 28, 2021, 12:23:34 AM »
I'm not in Pierce so for what it is worth I am not seeing many blues which is what I generally see up high. ow elevation I am seeing an average number of ruffed. I am a trapper so I am out all winter and I always see more grouse after deer and elk seasons are done. Less traffic? Also, it seems like the grouse sit still longer in nasty weather.
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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #49 on: November 28, 2021, 12:56:56 AM »
Always see a ton of them ......
When all I have is a deer rifle. :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #50 on: November 28, 2021, 05:31:13 AM »
I'm not in Pierce so for what it is worth I am not seeing many blues which is what I generally see up high. ow elevation I am seeing an average number of ruffed. I am a trapper so I am out all winter and I always see more grouse after deer and elk seasons are done. Less traffic? Also, it seems like the grouse sit still longer in nasty weather.

Thanks Bruce.   Trapping sounds like an interesting line of work. 😊

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #51 on: November 28, 2021, 05:35:18 AM »
Always see a ton of them ......
When all I have is a deer rifle. :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:

Lol. Ok. I get it.  Next time Iíll bring the 30 30.  Seeing them with the wrong gun would  at least be an improvement over what Iím doing.  By chance were you referring to S King Pierce County?

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #52 on: November 28, 2021, 11:47:52 AM »
Always see a ton of them ......
When all I have is a deer rifle. :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
When I was a kid and was packing the old 30 30 I would shoot their heads off. Almost never missed and with open sights. Wish my eyes were still that good. Doubt if I could do that again.
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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #53 on: November 29, 2021, 06:10:32 AM »
Always see a ton of them ......
When all I have is a deer rifle. :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
When I was a kid and was packing the old 30 30 I would shoot their heads off. Almost never missed and with open sights. Wish my eyes were still that good. Doubt if I could do that again.

This getting older thing realy sucks!!

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #54 on: November 29, 2021, 06:43:50 PM »
Always see a ton of them ......
When all I have is a deer rifle. :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
When I was a kid and was packing the old 30 30 I would shoot their heads off. Almost never missed and with open sights. Wish my eyes were still that good. Doubt if I could do that again.
Even if you could with the price of 30-30 ammo you could buy a 20# turkey for two or three rounds worth . lol.. :o

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #55 on: December 01, 2021, 10:51:08 PM »
Just an update.  I would like to give a big thanks to the few people who have reached out to help my start.  I would like to say Iíve had some success. I have. Iíve added 8 more hours and 2 more trips to different areas.  I have found lower forest service roads. And on top of that I have found other Grouse hunters.   So I must be getting close.  Though all of the hunters I have talked to so far also seem to be a bit perplexed as to whereís the birds.   It sounds like earlier in the season birds were easier to find.  And either with the cold or the rain the food sources have changed. Itís either that or the other hunters are also hunting heavily pressured or just a lack of birds.  So be it.  Iím enjoying the now and am looking forward to getting out again. Let the adventure continue.

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #56 on: December 02, 2021, 05:55:37 AM »
This time of the year the birds change their habits of being near roads as much as they do earlier in the year. They are typically more flighty.

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #57 on: December 02, 2021, 08:11:38 AM »
31  ruffed
3 blue
2 west side pheasant
 Been decent year for them still have till Jan 15 on the grouse


All out while scouting , hunting , driving  the 410 been putting In the work and I have missed a bunch also

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #58 on: December 08, 2021, 12:19:19 PM »
I was doing really good on being able to locate Ruffed up here in the NE region. Since deer season ended I've been back out and no luck. What's their winter activity like?

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Re: 2021 Grouse Harvest
« Reply #59 on: December 08, 2021, 01:26:24 PM »
I was doing really good on being able to locate Ruffed up here in the NE region. Since deer season ended I've been back out and no luck. What's their winter activity like?
More often herd up in little group of 5-10 birds.
Sometimes in the winter they roost a lot,in brush and such.
But on a sunny day like today you could catch them running about.
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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