I'm new here and looking for some assistance. I love to grouse hunt and have a dog that I have been training. I normally go up to Pittsburg once or twice a season but that's a far drive for me being from the central part of the state. Does anyone know of some areas that are good for grouse not too far of a drive from the Concord area 1 hour or 1.5 hours? any help would be great .
good grouse coverts are hard to come by and even harder to get a hunter to tell you about. i have heard that there is a WMA in New Hampton that is managed for upland birds (I believe it is Cascade Marsh WMA).
Ahhh...Rugged Grouse...my white whale. The true KING of game birds. They're a tough bird to hunt south of the notch. I grew up in NH and remember the days when grouse held tight like a woodcock and you could easily hunt them on foot without a dog. They've adapted within a man's lifetime to deal with pressure, most notably the coyote invasion we've experienced over the years. I think even the grouse in Pittsburg have changed their habits recently. I don't have any special converts to give but whenever I find them tucked away somewhere, it's been in or near wild grapes. This time of year you can smell grapes from the road, try using Google earth and finding likely spots around Loudon , that's close to you. Then go for a drive and try to find grapes. Grapes and immature birch stands would be the best! Sorry I cant help you more, hopefully someone else can give you better direction. If you ask me, when the snow is deep, the only place you'll find grouse is immature birch stands surrounded by high grass. They love to fill up on birch buds and then tuck in under the snow for the night.
If we're not supposed to eat animals, why did God make them out of meat?
God bless you for huntin those things. First, you have to find em. Then you have to not have a heart attack when then bust out. Finally you have to try and shoot something going around a million miles an hour about 10 feet in front of your face. Good bless you for trying, you are a better man than I!
Yes they are very Partridge like. Many folks call them many differnt names, Thunder chickens, partridge. They are known as a Ruffed Grouse and sometime you may even catch a Spuce Grouse which are very simular.