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Grouse in the "rut" - Part 2

 
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Jun 06, 2010 20:55 |  #1

Well, I went out after the blue or "sooty" grouse as we now call them. I found 4 birds and 1 was really cooperative. He circled me displaying for over an hour and I was able to get a lot of different shots. Sometimes they are on the ground but oftentimes they stay in the tree all day. You can go home empty handed or try another tactic... I recommend trying birdjam or sounds with these grouse. The hoots get them started so you can locate them. Once you get close, female grouse coos and wing flapping get them out of the tree. Be careful as you must get within 20-30 yards of their tree without being seen. This often takes camoflouge and you must circle the tree triangulating the tree he is in. It often takes about 2 minutes to get them excited enough to get them out of the tree.


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A couple more...


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Jun 06, 2010 21:03 |  #3

An excellent set of shots and very interesting to hear your tactics to get them. Some beauties you have there.


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Jun 06, 2010 21:05 |  #4

Great captures. Beautiful birds too.


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Jun 06, 2010 22:33 |  #5

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Jun 07, 2010 02:49 |  #6

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Jun 07, 2010 06:17 |  #7

Excellent series. So, what do you do once you've lured him down? Anything less will disappoint him.


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Jun 07, 2010 12:22 |  #8

Great shots! You must be in the mountains with snow left on the ground.


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Jun 07, 2010 14:55 |  #9

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Excellent series. So, what do you do once you've lured him down? Anything less will disappoint him.

LOL. Most get disappointed quickly and fly back up. You might get a minute or a few seconds if you are lucky because once they see it's a human, they take off. Others are "dumb" and look for that female for a while. I had a thought if the caller was in a bush and you were camo'ed up nearby and not moving much I would imagine they would stick around longer. Hence, I need to get a decoy made and try that out.

The grouse are up high where there still is quite a bit of snow. I've seen these shots in green grass and wildflowers so my hope is they will continue this for another 2 or 3 weeks when I might get some wildflowers. with them. We'll see...


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