What kind of bird is this?

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by bumhunter, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. bumhunter

    bumhunter Spike

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    01F31561-37AE-4359-8C96-CF5664D1BF42.jpeg So I went up in my woods today to do some work on one of my trails, and to work on a little campsite for my kids and grandkids to use. This bird followed me around about 10 feet away the entire time I was up there until I started my chainsaw. After that I didn’t see it again. Does anybody know what kind of bird this is?
     
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  2. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

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    OH my gosh,
    That looks like one of those elusive ruffed grouse.

    You will over run with request to hunt now
     
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  3. WILD

    WILD 12 pointer

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    What I was thinking..he is wearing some good camo.
     
  4. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    Some guys claim that grouse are hard to hit.:)
     
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  5. bumhunter

    bumhunter Spike

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    If I would have had some feed, I think I could have had eat out of my hand! I thought maybe it was someone’s pet that got loose.
     
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  6. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    I've heard more than one of these "grouse following me around stories" over the years. I don't know what to make of it.
     
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  7. forager

    forager 8 pointer

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    When you walk in the forest, you stir up insects. The bird is following you to feed on them.
     
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  8. peckprice

    peckprice 6 pointer

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    Grouse used to very common here in the mountains of SE Kentucky. I guess a whole combination of factors brought there numbers WAY down. I get more excited over hearing about a grouse sighting than anything else. Bears and elk are much more common than grouse these days.
     
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  9. rockhousehunter

    rockhousehunter 6 pointer

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    Yeah, I had one follow me for an hour in Elliott County a few years ago, wonder what the deal is with some of them?
     
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  10. bondhu

    bondhu 10 pointer

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    Why I can remember the woods being full of them, save that picture it may be worth something one day.:D
    Had this happen once close to a possum berry stand .Older folks told me they had seen it also at times. They said that the wild berries had fermented enough and the grouse where drunk.
     
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  11. rockhousehunter

    rockhousehunter 6 pointer

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    Sounds as good as any explanation I've heard, lol.
     
  12. Bee

    Bee 8 pointer

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    Likely or possible the grouse was drawn to the putt putt percussion of your chain saw. From a distance the idle mode of putting can sometimes sound like a male grouse drum. Some four wheeler idle putts sound similar and willl draw or attract the grouse. They are drawn to his sound/percussion year round, not just in breeding season.
     
  13. JR PORTER

    JR PORTER 6 pointer

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    Looks like a ruffed grouse.
     
  14. rabbit dawg

    rabbit dawg 6 pointer

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    Seems like someone on here had some in their enclosed porch some time ago.
     
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  15. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    That’s a Phoenix that will hopefully one day rise from the ashes of its predecessors...

    I believe them mountain boys called them “grouse.”
     
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