Bird Dogs and Fly Rods
Spent a few days chasing some grouse over east with my brother and his lab. We opted not to hunt Wednesday as we were not able to get to camp until later in the day and it was raining heavily. We awoke to bright sun and got rolling. View attachment 34168 We hunted high the first day looking for blues. View attachment 34167 We found the blues at about 4500 feet on up. View attachment 34169 They were feeding heavily on the abundant huckleberries and some seeds of some sort. View attachment 34170 We got up to the summit at 6000 ft and circled it enjoying the view. However we didn't move a lot of birds and elected to hunt down low for ruffs the next day. We selected a good looking creek bottom that we had not hunted before and started hiking. There were lots of birds in it, but it was a humbling experience. The grouse would hold tight and flush close but the brush was so thick you might only catch a flicker of movement and they were gone. We got back to camp and laughed about missing the only one clear shot we had. We were both looking at some bear sign and the dog flushed the bird right next to us. The next morning I was determined to get another chance at one and finally knocked down a young bird that made a wrong turn into an opening in the trees. View attachment 34171 The dogs did pretty good for never having hunted grouse before and we had a great time, despite missing many opportunities. I decided to spend some time scouting a couple new hun and pheasant spots and saw a few huns, lots of quail and 5 or 6 phez. I also lucked out as my pup found two porcupines and I was able to call the dogs off of both of them. Looking forward to the upland opener!