Ruff Tales of Appalachia 12-13

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by JonDunn, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Birdman

    Birdman Cyber-Hunter

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    What's everyone's opinion on the late snow up north? Will it help the grouse or hurt?
     
  2. grouseguy

    grouseguy 12 pointer

    I'm taking it as a positive this year. There was a huge migration of raptors into the northwoods this winter, and nearly ideal snow roosting conditions had to have helped protect the grouse, even now.

    I talked to my partner in Phillips and he said he heard several drummers last weekend while turkey hunting and even flushed a hen off of the nest with 4 eggs in it.
     
  3. KY Grouse Hunter

    KY Grouse Hunter 6 pointer

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    Snow during nesting/mating in manageable quantities sometimes bode well for birds. As long as temperatures aren't unbelievably low or bad cases of severe ice. They are survivors.

    I would at least hope so anyway...
     
  4. JonDunn

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    I seen one hit on the side of a very busy road on the way home from work Thursday evening. I was very surprised when I realized what it was because it is farm country.
     
  5. Rossi

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    I heard more Drumming this year than I had for a while , also saw a Grouse standing on the road and wouldnt move so I got of the truck and walked up to the bird it flew just over a fence and sat right back down I couldnt see any little ones but I bet they were there .
     
  6. PCoGrousehunter

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    believe the forecast is for up to 6 inches tonight.
     
  7. Munson

    Munson 12 pointer

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    Heard a couple different birds drumming yesterday evening while looking for mushrooms. This was a remote location covering a couple miles. Found 3.5 lbs of yellow shrooms.
     
  8. grouseguy

    grouseguy 12 pointer

    Phillips, WI got 8" of snow yesterday. :mad:
     
  9. agr_hunter

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    I was thinking the same thing. May be a bad year.
     
  10. Bee

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    Suspect this last ten days weather has taken a serious fatal toll on any recently hatched grouse chicks in southern Appalachia. Mother might be able to keep one or two dry and warm and thus alive at most.
     
  11. hitch

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    I seriously doubt any chicks have hatched yet, everything is so late in the mtns this year. Most of the trees are still not leafed out and we aren't seeing any nests from any birds except a few turkeys at this point.

    remember these birds thrive in Canada, if they can survive those weather events a little rain is nothing
     
  12. Birdman

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    Guys, I seen a young turkey yesterday, it was larger that a grouse.
     

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