Friday, October 23, 2009
Wild Turkeys Ruining My Grouse Hunting
I went over to Fatman yesterday for a quick hunt. Happy got birdy right out of the van and locked up on a familiar cover. I have flushed a grouse out of this thicket several times this year and the bird is getting wise to our routine. He flushed 40 yds. ahead of us. We are going to have to change tactics to get close to this guy!
I put Blackie out at "The Buffet" cover and he hit a point, broke and pointed again. No bird, but it tells me something had been there. And then, it happened. Blackie got into a flock of turkeys and that turned into a rodeo. It took nearly an hour to get him back. The turkeys will run like crazy and the dogs stay right after them. There seems to be an abundance of turkeys the past few seasons. I run into them far more than I'd like! They can sure ruin a grouse hunt.
Later, I ran 2 more grouse off the road and put Blackie on them but did not get a shot. 3 flushed, but no shots. I did find 2 piles of feathers in the road where someone had ground sluiced some birds.........and that's another blog!!! DWT