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Ten year streak...

CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior MemberPosts: 5,486 Senior Member
I've shot at least one grouse on opening day for ten years in a row. Last night's bird.

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When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

Adam J. McCleod


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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I haven't ate a grouse in years.
    Looks tastey.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,928 Senior Member
    Keep that run going....excellent table fare...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,111 Senior Member
    I am envious. Hunting grouse behind a 'setting' dog is on my bucket list. ( Preferably a Gordon setter)
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,960 Senior Member
    Nice going, get some more, I always looked forward to grouse season in Wisc. in Colo we hunted Blue Grouse.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,149 Senior Member
    Very nice! I'm looking to shoot my first one (a sharptail or prairie chicken) down this way soon.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • pjames777pjames777 Senior Member Posts: 1,421 Senior Member
    Beautiful. and I hate you!
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,638 Senior Member
    Boys can't wait to go look for grouse, what is the range report?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    jaywapti wrote: »
    Nice going, get some more, I always looked forward to grouse season in Wisc. in Colo we hunted Blue Grouse.

    JAY

    Funny you should say that, I haven't hunted grouse since the late 70's and that was around Black River Falls Wisconsin. We discovered the population during the deer season and there isn't much that can scare the crap out of you while you're walking through some quiet woods more than a chicken sized bird busting out of the snow about a foot in front of you.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Boys can't wait to go look for grouse, what is the range report?

    Same SXS 20 gauge shotgun as last year. I think I've only used the 410 and the 12 once or twice chasing grouse. I prefer the short barrel in the thick woods.

    Last year's opening day.

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    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,638 Senior Member
    That is the ticket, my dad has the 20 ga. Stoeger. I have been liking my 20 ga. Beretta 390 with the 20" barrel and the extra stock I found cut down to just barely fitting on the mount off the receiver. Are you still dealing with a lot of green on the trees and shrubs this time of year? We are seeing the maples change but it is still thick, it did get down to 32* at the hunting shack last Friday, but no frost yet.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    That is the ticket, my dad has the 20 ga. Stoeger. I have been liking my 20 ga. Beretta 390 with the 20" barrel and the extra stock I found cut down to just barely fitting on the mount off the receiver. Are you still dealing with a lot of green on the trees and shrubs this time of year? We are seeing the maples change but it is still thick, it did get down to 32* at the hunting shack last Friday, but no frost yet.

    Trees are green, but underbrush is mostly dead from lack of rain. Everything is crispy. "Sneaking" is non-existent.

    We haven't had any cold nights yet. Lows are in the 50's. Current highs are 85°F.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,638 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    Trees are green, but underbrush is mostly dead from lack of rain. Everything is crispy. "Sneaking" is non-existent.

    We haven't had any cold nights yet. Lows are in the 50's. Current highs are 85°F.

    Well then you did good to get that early grouse.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I used to pop em' with a belly gun when I could.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    I've shot at least one grouse on opening day for ten years in a row. Last night's bird.

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    Congrats Bro, what a Beautiful Bird! I wish I had a 28 gauge, a good dog, and a place to hunt them.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    FYI, a complete grouse skin sells for $45 for fly tying.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,638 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    FYI, a complete grouse skin sells for $45 for fly tying.

    Got a link Gene?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Got a link Gene?

    This.

    Salted or dried? Is there a difference for Spruce, Blue, or Ruffed? I just throw them in the trash...
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    Here's a link to grouse feathers; the prices MAY get on up there. I don't remember where I got the price I quoted, but that might be low. They're kinda scarce around here and not farm-raised, so far as I know.

    http://www.featheremporium.com/Exotic-Feathers/grouse/ruffed.html
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    My Dad wanted some feathers once. All I had right then was my elk rifle. Made a lot of feathers rather quickly.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    Salted or dried. Borax treated? I've got partridge skins, they're soft (mostly) and a little greasy. I don't have a grouse skin; their feathers are used for large wet flies, I think. Salmon flies.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,638 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    Here's a link to grouse feathers; the prices MAY get on up there. I don't remember where I got the price I quoted, but that might be low. They're kinda scarce around here and not farm-raised, so far as I know.

    http://www.featheremporium.com/Exotic-Feathers/grouse/ruffed.html

    Thanks Gene.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    This.

    Salted or dried? Is there a difference for Spruce, Blue, or Ruffed? I just throw them in the trash...

    Send the feathers to me instead of trashing them. Please. Well, actually, I've got enough soft hackle feathers to last me two lifetimes, but I'd like to see a few grouse feathers to supplement my storeage.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    Send the feathers to me instead of trashing them. Please. Well, actually, I've got enough soft hackle feathers to last me two lifetimes, but I'd like to see a few grouse feathers to supplement my storeage.

    Now I hafta go out and shoot more. :tooth: I'm going out in literally 10 minutes an again tonight.

    What do you want? Neck feathers? Or?
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    Neck, shoulder, and upper chest feathers. Small is better.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Gene L wrote: »
    Neck, shoulder, and upper chest feathers. Small is better.

    Went out for three hours in the am and another three hours last night. Didn't see or hear a single bird. I did see a bull moose, a bunch of deer, and heard an elk bugle. The bugle seems a bit early, so it may have been a human across the ravine.

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    Going out again tonight.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Gene - do you want feathers? IM an address.

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    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,743 Senior Member
    Sure. Check your pm.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    I'll throw in the cat if you want him :jester:
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 2,054 Senior Member
    Back in 1981 we made our first trip to Montana to go Elk and Mule deer hunting. We were hunting on Wallace mountain if my memory serves me correctly outside of Livingston MT. We shot a few grouse though I think they called them blue grouse that were near the camp. We used our wrist rocket sling shots to shoot them while we were out and about doing evening hunts near camp. Pretty easy to shoot and they tasted great!
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Decent day


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    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


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