I've got to say the numbers of grouse hunters in my area is essentially zero. I haven't crossed paths with another hunter in at least 5 years, never see boot prints, hulls, etc any where that I hunt. For me that's not a bad thing, but just shows how few of us there are chasing these things. One of the guys I hunt with did run into a guy last year, but that was one encounter in a heck of a bunch of trips. Our bird numbers took a terrifying drop last year, to the point that I wondered if the end was near. However, this year they have rocketed back up to where they were a few years ago. We are consistently moving double digit birds each outing, with many appearing to be very small young birds in groups still. Good news is due to our incompetence we are moving them around, but shooting them is seemingly impossible. And that's not necessarily because the shots are difficult, we just can't shoot, haha.