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No Grouse Comeback in SW Penn?

No Grouse Comeback in SW Penn?

Sounds like ruffed grouse will never be as much a part of the landscape of southern Pennsylvania as they once will. “Never” sounds ominous. Permanent. But that’s the conclusion of an article by Bob Frye in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Why should you care if you don’t live or hunt in PA? Reasons: > Pennsylvania is […]

March 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Hunting Dogs Being Killed in Traps

Hunting Dogs Being Killed in Traps

First, this doesn’t seem to be an epidemic, not even a local one. Second, regardless of your feelings about trapping, trappers are good people – if sometimes odd. (This means you Dan! Lol.) But let’s face it: Any beloved hunting dog or non-hunting pet – and they are all beloved – killed by accident is […]

January 16, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
2011 Compiled Ruffed Grouse Forecast

2011 Compiled Ruffed Grouse Forecast

Last year we did this and it was a super-popular post, so here it is again. This is a compilation of info from newspaper reports, info from Paul Fuller/Bird Dogs Afield, the Ruffed Grouse Society’s (RGS) forecast and the forecast in the autumn issue of The Upland Almanac – plus a little anecdotal info we’ve […]

September 23, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Some PA Hunters Want Sunday Ban

Some PA Hunters Want Sunday Ban

WTH? First, know that I (Jay) am a regular (every week) church-goer. So I get the reason (supposed) behind a Sunday ban. But as much as I enjoy our local church, I’m not going to feel at all bad if I get away for a couple Sundays – or better yet, long weekends – to […]

August 9, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Is PA Getting Serious About Ruffies?

Is PA Getting Serious About Ruffies?

The ruffed grouse is Pennsylvania’s state bird, PA has lots of ruffies and the state is home to Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) HQ. And yet, as in many states, Pennsylvania bird hunters feel that ruffies haven’t gotten much attention in Pennsylvania. Is the state now out to change that? The state is seeking input on […]

July 6, 2011 | By | 7 Replies More
Virginia Trying to Allow Sunday Hunts

Virginia Trying to Allow Sunday Hunts

Virginia is one of several states that still has a ban on Sunday hunting, but the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries did its part to try and change that. At its June meeting, the board passed a resolution supporting Sunday hunting – which appears to be all they can do: The ban on […]

June 28, 2011 | By | Reply More
PA Opens Porkie Season

PA Opens Porkie Season

Starting next year, the bane of bird dogs and foresters will have no place to hide in Pennsylvania: The state Board of Game Commissioners recently voted to establish a season for porcupines. As the Commission reported, “Under the new season, hunters can take porcupines from Sept. 1 through March 31. The daily limit is six and […]

April 14, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 3

Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 3

Day 3 dawned gray and cold. No big deal, about the same as day 2. Our clothes were surprisingly dry (not an ounce of moisture in that hotel room), and as we left it started to snow. We were happy about that because a fresh snow meant the ability to track grouse.

January 27, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 2

Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 2

Brendan’s brother Sean, a regular hunting compadre of ours in Maine, joined us for the remainder of the trip. We were psyched to have Sean there. He’s a good shot, sees birds with some kind of Superman X-ray vision, and with three guys we can cover more ground WAY more efficiently – and the covers […]

January 26, 2011 | By | Reply More
Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 1

Hunt Report: Eastern PA, Day 1

Brendan flew into Newark from North Carolina last Monday morning with a stomach bug and three hours of sleep, but he was up for hunting – of course. He swung by Jay’s house in Jersey, and we high-tailed it out of town to our old stomping grounds in eastern Pennsylvania. Yeah! Though our hunting area […]

January 25, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Groups Trying to Open Sunday Hunting

Groups Trying to Open Sunday Hunting

[Our PA hunt reports will be up next week – can’t find the camera cable….] Every year we have to plan our Maine hunts around Sundays because, as many of you know, hunting is prohibited on Sundays there – and in five other East Coast states, with five more states having some other Sunday hunting […]

January 21, 2011 | By | 6 Replies More
Hunting PA Next Week!

Hunting PA Next Week!

Next week we’ll be hitting a patch of eastern PA forest we haven’t hunted for a couple years. In many ways it’s where we (or at least Jay, since he started late) cut our grouse-hunting teeth. Lots of grouse, even though we were assured by many knowledgeable folks (including DNR folks) that almost no grouse […]

January 13, 2011 | By | 8 Replies More
2010 Compiled Ruffed Grouse Forecast

2010 Compiled Ruffed Grouse Forecast

Woodies Too! Obviously we love hunting for ruffed grouse, “the king of all gamebirds” (long live the king!), so we chase down as much info as we can about these birds. Enough info to fill a book…. Pheasants Forever does a good job with its annual pheasant forecast. But since ol’ ruff seems to have […]

September 17, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
PF’s 2010 State by State Pheasant Forecast

PF’s 2010 State by State Pheasant Forecast

Pheasants Forever’s state by state (not all states) Pheasant Forecast for 2010 is out. Some of the state info is helpful, some not. Would be great to have it in graph form to see trends. Anyhow, here’s the overview plus the links for each. “Pheasant numbers appear to be holding steady in the Dakotas, Kansas, […]

September 13, 2010 | By | Reply More
BDA’s Bird Forecasts: KS, ME, MN, MT, NH, PA, SD, VT, ON

BDA’s Bird Forecasts: KS, ME, MN, MT, NH, PA, SD, VT, ON

The following bird forecasts are from Paul Fuller’s Bird Dogs Afield periodic emails (sign up here). A bit of explanation from Paul, and then edited versions of the forecasts: > Our bird forecasts are fresh and typically obtained within the past week [from wildlife biologists and] several folks…that are not biologists but are in the […]

September 3, 2010 | By | Reply More
Can Quail Come Back in PA?

Can Quail Come Back in PA?

Lots of people, even if they’re not conscious of it, would like more quail. They’d like to hear them, see them if they’re lucky, just know they’re there. The steps to do that include less development (not happening) and more habitat management (not happening enough – yet – but some good folks are working on […]

August 12, 2010 | By | Reply More