17-18 Kentucky Grouse Season

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by Deadbeat, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Deadbeat

    Deadbeat 6 pointer

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    It starts today, I can't wait to see if the birds are up ( :) ) or down this year. I didn't get the survey I typically get but noticed there is one online to fill out. I think I'll try to get out Saturday and take a hunt to remind myself how nice it was hunting up north a couple weeks ago.
     
  2. Jdgrouse

    Jdgrouse Fawn

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    Where might you be located I'm in boyd co.
     
  3. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I can't remember the last time I heard a grouse drum. Sad.
     
  4. Deadbeat

    Deadbeat 6 pointer

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    I live in Menifee County, hunt some private and some public land.
     
  5. Deadbeat

    Deadbeat 6 pointer

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    9 mile walk, seen a box turtle and a garter snake. Too many leaves for the birds to get into the thick. Positive note, more acorns than I have seen in several years and berries everywhere.
     
  6. Jdgrouse

    Jdgrouse Fawn

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    I noticed that is seems like we have a great crop of food acorns grapes sumac berries and dog wood
     
  7. ribsplitter

    ribsplitter Cyber-Hunter

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    I think the last time I heard one drum was around 2002 . That's about the time I sat in meetings trying to tell kdfwr that there was a problem and we were losing our grouse. Of course them and some of the pros on here notified me that I just wasn't hunting the right type of cover . But never fear the dept. Is on it, 12-14 years to late but hey there trying.
     
  8. Deadbeat

    Deadbeat 6 pointer

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    I think it has been 3 or 4 years since I heard one drum in Kentucky. I heard 2 drumming in Wisconsin this year, went and got a point on one of them but the tree worked as a good wall of safety.
     
  9. trust me

    trust me Troubled Loner

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    I heard one drumming just lastd month. I probably will run dogs there but don't think I'll kill more than one this season. NO point in exterminating the few survivors.
     
  10. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper 6 pointer

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    After modern gun and it cools down i will start walking my setter in the woods. Planning on buying quail to set out for the setter a few times this season just to have something for him to point.
     
  11. KY Grouse Hunter

    KY Grouse Hunter 6 pointer

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    Want to hunt grouse in KY? Here is the "DIY" on how to get started!

    1. Buy dog.
    2. Go north or buy quail.
    3. Sell dog.
     
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  12. trust me

    trust me Troubled Loner

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    3 hours this morning in a 12 year old clearcut regrowth that held 1 bird last year. None seen.
     
  13. JonDunn

    JonDunn 10 pointer

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    I guess I'm back to reality. 3 hours also in a clear cut that's about 10 years old. 2 dogs an a hunter criss crossing from the creek to the top bench. Not a sight nor sound. Pitiful.
     
  14. trust me

    trust me Troubled Loner

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    I at least got to the bottom of my dog's neck abscess. We were hunting and I petted her and noticed her knot had a scab. Looked closer and it wasn't a scab. I got the Leatherman scissors in there and she let me open it up and I pulled a chunk of wood out of her hide that was 1" long and almost that wide. She'd run into a log at some point and a big sliver broke off deep in her neck. Antibiotics have kept it under control for over a month but it never would go away. It will now.
     
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  15. Lucky Dog

    Lucky Dog Fawn

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    Changed my name from Lucky Dog to Red Dog as I can't seem to get the hang of logging in. I harvested my first bird of the season today with Lucky pointing and my 18 week old female backing. It was a large male which seems to be what I mostly see. Had a couple of points yesteday but no birds. I pointed and flushed two a couple of days ago. The numbers are definitely no better than last year and may be worse but the woods are extremely dry and warm which makes it difficult to pattern birds. So far quail numbers also seem to have taken a hit. I am not finding them as much in some of the strips. A lot of grain is still standing which makes it impossible to hunt until harvest. It was bittersweet to harvest a grouse but I was proud of my pup that had only been on birds on Miller Welch. Nothing makes a dog better than wild birds and it becomes exceedingly harder each year. The Kentucky River RGS group is looking to back a study on chick survival. It may not change things but may give some better answers. Across the country it seems as if more researchers are focusing on West Nile and to me it seems as the wwarmer weather we are experiencing is a contributing factor across the country The year before last year it seemed to me that numbers were increasing as I could move 4-6 a day and this followed a couple of colder and snowier winters then the winters left us and it seemed as if the biggest crash happened then. We would like to get as much support and involvement of all grouse hunters to address all issues and hopefully move forward as best we possibly can. If you are like me you have also seen a huge decrease in wild turkey populations as well. Another area that may need exploration is tick born diseases. It seems as if I pick up a deer tick every time I hunt in the woods. There has to be some common threads somewhere.
     
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