Thursday, December 16, 2010
Grouse Season Ends, Numbers Not Good
Grouse season officially ended yesterday but in reality it was over before it began. Last spring was the 3rd coldest and wettest in history and the chick mortality was nearly 100%. There were no babies and not many adult carry over birds. I looked back through nearly thirty years of my journal and other than the year I had shoulder surgery and the year I got shot opening day, my worst year until now was 164 flushes. I noticed many years with over 600 birds and there was 1997 with 988 flushes during the season. I noted a day I flushed 70 birds in one day and 60 the next. There was the morning Norm Sorby, Ted and I, put "Aspen" on the ground at 9:30 a.m. and before noon we flushed 50 birds and had 9 in the game bags. Aspen had 17 solid points. What A morning!!!
This year I spent many hunts without seeing a dog even get "birdy" There were no birds in covers that in years before had produced 30. Blackie and Mickey had a few points and I could have pulled a trigger, but if I had accidentally killed a bird, I would have felt terrible.
Ready for a final flush count for this season?............31. That's right....... Thirty One. 1/5th of my worst year ever! ..........What happens if next spring is like the last?
Posted by DWT