Thats kinda what I was gettin' at. Its purdy easy to shoot 'em off a stump, or out of a tree. Heck, you can even pelt them with a rock (thats challenging) but get a flushing dog running around to get them grouse jumping up- it can be down right entertainingI have never killed a grouse yet with a gun. I have killed many with a rock and some with a slingshot. They are usually kind of stupid unless spooked then they will fly a long way. They usually just fly into the trees and sit and look at you. That sometimes makes it hard to kill them since you do not want to kill something that stupid. But fixed right they do taste good fixed wrong and they are nasty. I just skin them it is hard to keep the thin skin intact.
Here in Southeastern Ontario the grouse flush quickly and the only shot is generally one on the wing as they speed away from you and into the woods - shotgun hunting.I've always found it interesting when I hear folks from back east talk about their "king of the gamebirds" grouse. All the grouse I've seen out west are dumb as a box of rocks. I guess they get a lot more pressure back there but its hard to belive they are talking about the same birds.
Nice shooting. Most of my bird hunting experience is upland in Montana: Hungarian partridge and sharptail grouse and ruffed grouse. Hunted Ruffs and Woodock in NH. Every mountain (Blue) grouse I've ever seen has been as dumb as you describe. But Ruffs, particularly in NH are surprisingly sly. All good eating. Thanks for sharing the nice pic.I've always found it interesting when I hear folks from back east talk about their "king of the gamebirds" grouse. All the grouse I've seen out west are dumb as a box of rocks. ]