|Tina and Her Deer River Mn Grouse|
October 2nd, 2011
Saturday night was a long night as the dogs had drank so much water during the day that they kept having to go outside. They woke me up at 11:30, 12:45, 1:30, and 4:30. After the 4:30 wake up I put their training collars on them and they stayed quite. Too quite it turned out as I ended up sleeping until 9 am. That ruled out the longer drive to try some new areas that I had mapped out as it was already starting to get warm out. so I decided to retry some of the areas from the day before to see if they still looked good.
The first spot that we went to was the walking trail area. Tina and I started by walking a different section of the trail system. After 30 minutes she hadn’t really gotten birdy at all we turned around and headed back to the section that we walked on Saturday. Within 10 minutes she locked up solid and I was able to connect on a nice crossing shot. We walked a while longer and didn’t move any other birds.
Next it was Marge’s turn to see if the forest road with the older growth would produce another bird. We worked the trail a fair amount and while she did get a little birdy in a few spots we didn’t have any success actually moving one. After getting back to the truck I got out Fergie and took her for a walk. She can’t see but she still loves getting out in the woods and sniffing the air.
Tina and I then took a chance on the first spot that we had hunted yesterday. The temperature was over 70 so it was a good last spot to try. We went down the trail next to the clear cut and it still looked promising but it was just so dry it was hard to know if the scenting was decent at all. We ended up going through the new growth to get back to the truck and she did make a nice point but it was so thick I couldn’t get into a good shooting position when I did flush the grouse.
Even though we cut the day short we did put one bird in the bag, confirmed that two spots were still a good bet, and ruled out another.