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Lessons from 2012 Maine-NH Hunt

Lessons from 2012 Maine-NH Hunt

Don’t know if we’ve fully recovered yet from our not-quite-a-week of hunting Maine and New Hampshire for ruffies and woodies. We all actually bailed 2 days early, having put in 5 consecutive days instead of our usual 7. Felt like wimps about it, but hey, we were BEAT…from 5 days of the most brutal hunting […]

November 7, 2012 | By | 9 Replies More
Ontario Grousin’: Season’s End (Part 2)

Ontario Grousin’: Season’s End (Part 2)

[Here’s the second and final part of contribution by Serious Canadian grouser Jeff Laberge on his season and lessons learned in winter grousin’. We continue with the rest of lesson 2 (hunting grouse on snow) as well as a wrap-up. Thanks Jeff!] Theoretically the birds would stay in thick cover until the sun hit the […]

December 30, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Ontario Grousin’: Season’s End (Part 1)

Ontario Grousin’: Season’s End (Part 1)

[This is contributed by Jeff Laberge, a Serious grouse hunter from Sudbury, Ontario – an area known for hard rock mining, a big nickel, and Saturday Nights (search Sudbury Saturday Night). He hunts along the North Shore of Lake Huron, apparently one of the best-kept secrets of Serious grousers.] In my book, Dec. 15 is […]

December 28, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Early KS Reports: Not Great But Birds

Early KS Reports: Not Great But Birds

Kansas has endured a Texas-like drought in some parts of the state this year, prompting it to go from being “the other South Dakota” to “where did all the birds go?” in just a year. But judging by early reports, seems like pheasants (and quail) are still there…as long as you can find some habitat. […]

November 21, 2011 | By | Reply More
Field Report: MN Grouse Hunts

Field Report: MN Grouse Hunts

Here’s a brief report to all from Tim Brandt, a fellow Serious bird hunter. Tim lives in Minnesota, is a ruffed grouse fiend and actually gets paid to hunt (!) since he’s the PR guy at Federal Premium Ammunition. (In fact, if you ever watch the Duck Commander show, you might have seen him on […]

November 8, 2011 | By | Reply More
SD Hunt Report: Birds Galore, Part 2

SD Hunt Report: Birds Galore, Part 2

by Dan Craven [This starts with a continuation of Dan and company’s Saturday hunt. If you missed it, part 1 is here.] Farmers/ranchers out this way are moving towards “stripping headers” on their combines, which changes the game a bit in the agricultural fields. Strippers simply strip only the head off wheat or sorghum which […]

November 4, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
SD Hunt Report: Birds Galore, Part 1

SD Hunt Report: Birds Galore, Part 1

by Dan Craven [Dan is a Serious bird hunter who’s co-authoring our forthcoming book, Serious Pheasant Hunting, Book 1. He lives in Minnesota and goes to South Dakota every year to hunt birds, not just pheasants. Here’s the rundown of his recent trip. One word for it: awesome.] Thursday 4:00 pm – Depart for Bismarck, […]

November 3, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
ME Roundup, How We Found ‘Em (2)

ME Roundup, How We Found ‘Em (2)

Day 8, the last day of our 2011 Rangeley, ME-area (plus a day in NH) grouse hunt, started with a bang. We hunted a new area, and ended up flushing 15 grouse and 2 woodcock with two grouse down. We were fired up and wondered if we’d exceed our record for the week of 26 […]

October 27, 2011 | By | 7 Replies More
ME Hunt Roundup, How We Found ‘Em

ME Hunt Roundup, How We Found ‘Em

Before our Maine hunt we wondered whether 8 days in a row of grousin’ was too much. Would we physically hold up? Would the weather (and whether we got into birds) make the time go fast or make it feel like a slog? Didn’t have a clue, but we were thinking about it so we […]

October 26, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Days 6-7, ME: Decent Numbers, But…

Days 6-7, ME: Decent Numbers, But…

Where’s the next good cover? We don’t know, but we’re going to find it. Sometimes that’s our problem when we’re after birds. We’re always in search of the undiscovered honey hole or clue to finding more birds. It’s a problem and a benefit at times. Day 6 of our Maine grouse hunt was more on […]

October 24, 2011 | By | Reply More
Day 5, ME: Our Best Day Yet

Day 5, ME: Our Best Day Yet

After day 4 of our Maine Grousin’ Adventure we’d seen enough woodcock. They’re fun and all, and can save a slow day, but we didn’t come to Maine for woodies. We wanted to see some grouse. Preferably a lot of grouse. So that was the focus for day 5. Once again we headed up north, […]

October 21, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Day 4, ME: All Woodies, Shooting Blanks

Day 4, ME: All Woodies, Shooting Blanks

Preseason scouting with Google Earth is a lot of fun. But it also can be too much fun when you end up with lots of spots to check out, not all of which are as easy to get to as they appear on Google Earth, maps or even a GPS. That’s why after a couple […]

October 20, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
Day 3, ME: All Grouse, None Down

Day 3, ME: All Grouse, None Down

Monday meant we were back hunting in Maine, but this time in a totally different place. Our general m.o. is to check out a bunch of new territory, find productive areas, try to find other places like that on Google Earth and by driving around, etc. until we have spots we can milk-run at the […]

October 19, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Day 2, NH: All About the Habitat

Day 2, NH: All About the Habitat

Since Maine is one of those few, stubborn states that don’t allow hunting on Sundays – apparently the folks in Augusta still drive Model Ts – we headed to New Hampshire…on Sunday. The bad thing was we we’ve never hunted New Hampshire before – which was also the good thing. We’re always up for new […]

October 18, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Maine Day 1: Altitude Adjustment

Maine Day 1: Altitude Adjustment

How do you find a chicken (or two) in a million-plus acres of wilderness – without a dog?  A little Google Earth, a lot of walking and some grey matter. We’ve never been to the Rangeley, Maine area before, and were/are (we’re still here) psyched to go. Brendan did a ton of Google Earth, map […]

October 17, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Serious Phez/Quailer Goes Grousin’

Serious Phez/Quailer Goes Grousin’

What if you were a Serious grouse hunter and had the opportunity to take a serious pheasant- and quail-chaser into the grouse woods for a virgin trip. Would you be licking your chops? Issuing warnings? Secretly laughing inside? Well, that’s what Bob St. Pierre recently did, and we got the scoop on it. Bob is […]

October 12, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Varying Reports for MN Grouse…

Varying Reports for MN Grouse…

…Surprised?! Is the ruffie hunting in Minnesota off to a slow start or not? Probably depends where, when and how you’re hunting – just like it always does – plus the amount of leafy and green vegetation still there. But nonetheless reports vary. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: > It’s way too early to call […]

September 27, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 3

Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 3

The forecast called for rain on Thursday, the third and final day of our Tennessee hunt. But as of 11:00 Wednesday night there hadn’t been much wind let alone rain. Yet unfortunately, the forecast was enough to discourage the hunter and dog supposed to fund with us day 3. Didn’t matter, we were going hunting.

March 3, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 2

Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 2

We figured we hit a good number of lower areas on day 1 – lower meaning wetter. Still more than 2,000 feet. Day 1 was good, but not great. So on day 2 we decided to get high. Go high.

March 2, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 1

Smoky Mountains Grouse: Day 1

We were in Tennessee last week because we couldn’t just let the ruffed grouse season peter out with a whimper. We’re Serious man! Honestly that’s true, though the decision was easier because:

March 1, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More