- Apr 25, 2021
I completely agree that they spook more with dogs as others have stated, but they all don’t get the memo!
Edited the quote given the very specific location…I took my Gordon Setter out on Labor Day to the Snowy Range in WY and we walked. We ran into 5 bowhunters after elk. One said he had flushed three dusky grouse on the road. We spent the afternoon searching for our elusive quarry at 10,000-10,500 feet. Didn't find any birds. An interesting 7 miles for me and 16.4 miles for my dog. Found elk rubs and a nice wallow, but no grouse. There were some low bushes with berries and quite a few grasshoppers on the roads and in the open cut-overs, so food for them was there. We also worked up and down the sides of a small stream - nothing. Murron got birdy a couple of times and really got excited around a small clump of firs, but I wasn't able to stir anything out of there. It was also quite warm at 80F. Were we too high or not high enough?
That's fantastic gun. Maybe I should go take mine for a walk this weekend...First success today (of any type of hunting).
Saw a few more, only took the one shot, bringing my lifetime grouse batting average to .333. 8,500 - 9,200 feet.
Thanks to bigfin for making me realize how much easier it is to shoot one off a limb...
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We were out 10 days ago (NW CO) and the family groups were (finally) congregating up high. The week before it was all single males. Heck - one drainage over was all single males the day before.Anyone still chasing blues? Headed to Colorado in a couple weeks I am guessing they will be up high by then?