There is always something more for the ruffed grouse hunter.
Once you’ve experienced the adrenaline surge of the flush, the escape, and the head-shaking smile of defeat, you’ll never want to be beaten by the ruffed grouse again.
Here are some of the products that will start your wish list; a list that will give you a better chance of success.
1. “Grouse of the North Shore”
Start by knowing your quarry. Gordon Gullion’s book is widely regarded as one of the best sources of information about perhaps the most admired native game bird in North America. This book has excellent photography, and takes the hunter step-by-step through the different seasons including food sources and feeding habits.
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2. Browning Over and Under Citori Feather Lightning Shotgun
The Browning name has always spoken volumes about quality. This over and under 12 gauge comes in two different barrel lengths and takes either two and three quarter- or three-inch shells. The solid walnut stock contributes to the light weight and easy handling of this versatile shotgun. With three Invector Plus choke tubes, this upland bird gun offers true control for the serious bird hunter.
3. Benelli Super Black Eagle II Camo Shotgun
The Super Black Eagle’s style and performance sets the standard for auto-loading shotguns. Shooting two and three quarter- and up to three and a half-inch magnum shells, the Benelli still weighs up to 15 percent less than other comparable shotguns. With a choice of either 24- or 26-inch barrels, this weapon is equally at home in the duck blind as it is in the Aspen stand.
4. Hevi-Shot Duck Shotshells
Don’t let the “D” word deter you. There’s a school of thought that steel, and comparable harder-than-lead loads perform well in the density of the grouse woods. With birds appearing and disappearing in the thickets and trees, these high velocity shells deliver up to 50 percent more pellets to the target out to an incredible 60 yards. Even a third shot is as effective as the first. (re: capacity super black eagle.) The best part: it comes in a seven-and-a-half-shot load.
5. Cabela’s Upland Pro Strap Vest
This vest is designed to keep you and your dog hydrated. It has a rear pocket sized for two water bottles and a secure hydration tube. The front pouch has shell loops and tricot-lined hand warmer pockets. An adjustable sternum strap provides excellent comfort and durability for a day of walking. The vest also features blaze orange for safety.
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6. Cabela’s Instinct Prairie Runner Boa Upland Hunting Boots
These lightweight and waterproof boots will keep your feet comfortable and dry. The nylon mesh and leather uppers will protect your feet from the harsh reality of difficult cover like briar and thorn apple. With an ingenious new lacing system, the Prairie Runner’s will make sure that your laces never again become untied.
7. GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition Video Camera
Get those incredible grouse hunting pictures never before imaginable with the GoPro Silver Edition. It has so many features, it’s almost impossible to list them all. It works well in low light making it the perfect video system to use in the cover of the pines. Get the head strap adapter and let the GoPro see what you see. Take home the video and relive your hunt again and again.
8. Wiley X Eyewear – Blink Glasses
Protect your eyes and look cool doing it. The cavity seal around these glasses keeps the elements out, and the high-velocity impact lenses are there to stop the unthinkable shooting accident. Choose between a polished silver, LA grey, or a clear lens for a stylish look in the field. Wearing eyewear to hunt is the right idea and looking good doing it doesn’t hurt either.
9. Cabela’s Insulated Shooting Gloves
Don’t be caught out in the field without these insulated shooting gloves. The 80-gram Thinsulate insulation will keep your hands warm and make them feel like a million bucks. With a naturally-fitting stretch fabric and leather palms these gloves will last you for years of hunting upland game.
10. The Bird Dog of Your Choice
You haven’t hunted ruffed grouse until you’ve hunted them over a finished gun dog. Those of us who have enjoyed the experience know that there is nothing like it. A quality bird dog is an exceptional partner in the field. More than anything, it’s a matter of spending the proper amount of time with your animal and choosing the right breed.
But which one to choose? That is a matter of opinion. There are setters, pointers, and flushers. Some hunter’s feel that the flushing breeds are the way to grouse hunt and many, including myself, have had success hunting over a pointer. The girl in the picture here is my German shorthaired pointer, Chase, grouse hunting in Sonyea State Forest in her twelfth year; she lived to be thirteen.
Whatever you decide, it will be the right choice for you. Train them with patience, kindness, and love and you’ll be rewarded with a lifetime of joy. Retail: Priceless
Happy grouse hunting!