Grouse Drumming

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  1. hitch

    hitch 10 pointer

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    Just curious to see if anyone is hearing birds during turkey season.

    I hunted this morning in a place that 2 years ago was full of drumming birds, never heard the first one this morning sadly. Habitat is plentiful but the birds seem to be gone
     
  2. gregcincy

    gregcincy 6 pointer

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    I run one of the 5 mile survey routes that the Ohio Dept of Natural Resources does every spring through out the state to monitor grouse and turkey populations. My route I run is just right across the river from Vanceburg KY. This weekend on my route I heard 4 different grouse drumming with a total of 10 drums. We make 10 stops on the 5 mile stretch of road and we are allowed to count any drumming or gobbles we hear during a 4 minute listening period at each stop. This is my third year doing this and this was my most successful survey I've had so far.
     
  3. Deadbeat

    Deadbeat 6 pointer

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    I haven't heard any drumming but I did flush a grouse Saturday. Nice big bird with the red band in the tail and red ruff.
     
  4. hitch

    hitch 10 pointer

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    Finally heard a couple last week, think it was 2 different birds. Every other place I've heard nothing.
     
  5. Deadbeat

    Deadbeat 6 pointer

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    Heard one drumming Saturday while shrooming.
     
  6. trust me

    trust me Troubled Loner

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    I turkey hunted one of my grouse holes, got within 20 yards of a drummer but flushed him. Rats.

    Hard to turkey hunt and be quiet in grouse cover, breaking twigs with every step.
     
  7. grouse408

    grouse408 Fawn

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    heard one Saturday while turkey hunting
     
  8. agr_hunter

    agr_hunter 6 pointer

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    Heard one opening weekend in Rowan County. Hadn't heard or seen a bird in this spot in years.
     
  9. BirdBuster

    BirdBuster 6 pointer

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    Only heard one thru the entire turkey season. Did flush a covey of quail. Glad to see that they pulled thru the hard winter.
     

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