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Hey Everyone,
Just wanted to share an experience with you. Went Grouse hunting yesterday, Sunday, The day it snowed 4.4 inches on top of all the other snow. Went to church that morning and me and my oldest son headed out at 12:00 to Paint Creek Wildlife area. After the 2 hour trip that usually takes an hour and ten minutes we finally got to our destination and got out and got ready and got the dog all ready. Now we hunted for 2 hours in some of the biggest greenbriars on the side of a ridge I had ever been in on my hands and knees and the snow was still coming down the dog was down on her belly going in beside us since she thought we were crazy anyways and we never seen a thing so we decided to move to another location and once we got there we got out and started walking down hill like we were on a snowmobile because we knew we were running out of daylight . We found a really nice patch of what looked to be ivy and greenbriars on the side of a ridge about 100 yards wide. I just knew we would get a Grouse out of this then I see my oldest pointer catch a sparrow out of the air that had been flying in her face for about 10 minutes and she retrieved it to me and I scolded her with a deep voice and released the sparrow to grow up and then we walked about 10 feet when the pointer come around a corner and stopped dead on point. My son had never shot any Grouse so I told him I would flush and he could shoot. I walked in to flush the bird and to our surprise a whole covey of about 17 to 20 quail flew up and around us everywhere. Now since quail are already out of season, we just watched in amazement. After they all flushed I went over and released the dog off point and me and my son walked back to the vehicle and loaded up to head home with our coveralls all frozen and our legs acheing. As we drove home we talked about how we hadn't seen no Grouse in our last 3 outings but then we began to talk about how beautiful the land is and what a great experience we had that day watching the dog work and also getting to see the wild quail. Just thought I would share this with all you fellow bird hunters, especially those that have kids. Take care all. Greg Agee
 

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Cool, days like that are ones you'll always remember, just because....

Looking forward to getting out for the first time since November this weeknd. The dogs and I are well overdue!
 

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Yea those grouse are amazing animals,many years ago when i was in college grouse trapping and tagging was one of my major projects man was that fun caught a few and lost some toThey sure will beat them self up if they think another bird is moving in on there turf.I have hunted them also with little to no success i think that i have blown down more trees than grouse they sure can fly good luck to you on your next outing.That sounds like a story to remember.
 

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I remember days like that with my father. great hunting days. Can't wait to get my son out there.;)
 

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Wow....That's an experience that most younger hunters have never had. I'm sure you told your son how lucky he was to see such an amazing sight. I remember as a youth hunting wild quail and I sure wish it was the same now.

Thanks for sharing that....Ahhh the good ole days

Rick
 
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