Driven birds, Walked up
Every yard of deeply covered forest vegetation or whispering prairie grassland can hold grouse, in a hunter's game of battleship.
In which quadrant are they hiding? Reading and interpreting “grouse country” will produce a successful grouse hunt but is not easy for the infrequent hunter.
First and foremost two things to consider, regardless of location and species of grouse, is realizing their need for protection from predators and understanding which abundance of flora is there for them to feed easily from.
Grouse species are diverse, living in a variety of climates and eat over 100 different insects and plants. Prepare yourself with a proper, fast-handling shotgun, a larger shot for the bigger species such as the black, pinnated (greater prairie chicken), sage, or sooty and smaller shot for smaller species such as the Red grouse or ruffled grouse.
Step away from the trails and into the deep depths of the landscape- that's grouse country. The motto of grouse hunting is initiate a flush, and if unsuccessful, flush again. Grouse typically fly no more than 150 yards, giving perfect opportunity for another shot at this elusive game bird.
Varieties: Red Grouse, Hazel Grouse, Black Grouse, Sand Grouse, Pinnated Grouse (prairi chicken)
Scientific name: Tetraoninae
Size: length: 40 – 50 cm, wingspan: 50 – 64 cm
Weight: 450 – 750 g
Lifespan: 8 years
Methods: Falconry, Wing shooting, Driven birds, Walked Up
Countries: North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa