How are everyone's grouse hunting plans?

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Rick Todd, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

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    View attachment 43864 this is actually my last setter, now gone, but I have a new one that looks just like her. I love to hunt with dogs! Rick
     
  2. Steve J.

    Steve J. Red's Fly Shop

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    I agree, Rick - confidence in the gun is a must! That being said, I've gone through plenty of "slumps" where I start changing guns, too. Did you have any custom work done on that new gun or is that straight out of the box?
    Steve J
     
  3. Rick Todd

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    Steve-that gun is just as you sold it to me. Of all my shotguns it fit me the best right out of the box! I too have hot and cold streaks with shooting. I remember one day when I shot a limit of quail with 12 shells (all over points so that is almost cheating!), and another when I got a limit of pheasant and a limit of quail in one day (my friends still have to hear that story 15 years later!) and other days where I've gone 0 for 6 on quail. Once you start missing you start thinking too much and it all goes to hell! Rick
     
  4. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald that's His Lordship, to you.....

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    We'll load up the hounds and cruise the forest roads between Leavenworth and Lake Wenatchee, and walk the burns.

    There's a load you guys also might want to consider: RST shotshells. Don and I shoot them exclusively in both our modern weapons and our antique hammerguns. They pattern superbly and aren't very expensive, with the added benefit of being about half the pressure of a regular load!
     
  5. Steve Call

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    I'm starting the Tuesday after Labor Day and will hunt for 4 days. I use 71/2 in my 12g and 6's in the 16g. Two years ago I knocked down almost every bird down. Last year I was a finalist for the grouse conservationist medal for sparing the life of almost every bird.
     
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    Was out yesterday at around 6000 ft. Saw a few did not manage to get a shot. Dog was on them and I did not get set up for a shoot. My fault. Man it was hot!

    Looking forward to cooler weather

    Berries just starting to ripen.
     
  7. Top in my class

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    wow! beautiful dog rick
     
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    X2. RST rocks. I just buy them by the case in both 2 3/4" and 2 1/2".
     
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    Got 1 ruffed Sat. morning in Leclerc creek area. I think the spring wasnt to nice to the hatch.My weapon of choice is an old Stevens .22/.410 OU with a pistol grip we have called the "grouse charmer" for years with good reason. 3" #6 shot seems to work great for me.Good luck to all!
     
  10. steelydan

    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    The dog and I have nothing to show for two days in the woods.
    First day on the North Fork, hunted the edges of the cuts...didn't see a thing.
    Figured I needed more elevation, went to the area above Lake Kachees, again, nada.
    Glad some others are having some luck.
     
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    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    Finally got some!...not where I'd expect, either.
    Got to let the dog do her thing!
     
  12. Travis Bille

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    Went out this morning on the westside and it was a total bust. I saw one ruffed and didn't get a shot. Last year at this time you had to beat them off the road with a damn stick