Grouse will hide until the dog is right on it. It also involves a lot of walking, so be comfortable. Yes, you can successfully hunt Sage Grouse without a dog. The American woodcock is often hand-in-hand with the ruffed grouse. We will constantly be adding more content under the ruffed grouse hunting category. They really are the Perch of the Northwoods, it's hard to mess it up (unless you blast it all to hell of course).

The difference between a ruffed grouse and partridge is that one was in the air while the other was standing on the ground (or a tree limb). @2018 -

I was just a boy, but I really understood "it."

They want that easy bird, but the reality is the easy birds don’t typically live long enough to get a chance at them.

My advice is to get off the road & locate some quality grouse habitat. Ask yourself the questions: why was this bird here?

Grouse fly pretty fast. But just getting into something as complex as grouse hunting does not always mean diving in head first until we get some of the basics under our belts.

This gives you an area of forage-retreat. I don't pretend to be an expert. Bear in mind the famous words of George Bird Evans singing in the back of our minds, “Be worthy of your game.”. You will not fear the recoil or the report.

Over time, one develops almost a  sixth sense about animals. Grouse will tend to let you walk by if you are walking quickly, but if you walk slow & pause somewhat near them they will think you’ve located them & take off.

Check out the article How to Recover More Birds Without a Dog. This is definitely the most effective method for locating and flushing grouse on your own. Sometimes you will see them roosting in trees just above your line of sight. It’s important to make those chooses based on what you intend to hunt and what daily life looks like with a bird dog in your life.

Practice should be a cornerstone to however you decide to shoot these birds.

I once searched for a grouse for a half hour, came back, searched some more, and found it. Now as much as many would like to tell you otherwise, a grouse dog is not a requirement. Grouse will tend to let you walk by if you are walking quickly, but if you walk slow & pause somewhat near them they will think you’ve located them & take off. Nice compilation, AJ!

I think a autoloader 20 gauge or an over-under would also be excellent choices, provided they are light and have relatively short barrels.

You're gonna be the hunter AND the dog my friend.

Once you know this, you can pinpoint the best times of the day to grouse hunt for the areas you hunt in. The grouse will be transitioning from their roosting areas to the thicker areas, and catching since they’re on the move your bird dog should be able to pick up their fresh scent relatively easily. Your understanding of this will evolve over time, and it’s important to take the time to look around your cover after you have seen a ruffed grouse. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Designed, Developed, & Operated by Red Leaf Media This site contains affiliate links to products. For this reason, you’re going to want to always be ready. You need to be able to put the shotgun in their flight path with the quickness. I think high brass 20 gauge shells and down (i.e.

You need to be 100% on your A game. Just to make it clear, you should never shoot a ruffed grouse on the ground when a bird dog is involved for safety reasons.

They’re hosting a long weekend offering this fall in Northern Wisconsin. But there are some details that you should know: 1.

Use what works for you. 4. I’ve hunted released pheasants over my vizsla and am looking to start chasing the grouse! Be silent, and try to become an animal yourself. They prefer dense undergrowth and shade. They can make for easier shooting and added excitement through a long day walking. Do your homework beforehand to know what kind of habitat you have available in the area that you’re hunting in.

And that's when you have them.