Grouse hunting with an approach, with a car, with a dog
Grouse is one of the most common birds, and hunting for it is always popular. Maybe it attracts hunters because it is found throughout the forest zone, or maybe because it is very pleasant to hunt, and the grouse itself always attracts our sympathy with its mottled brown-gray color, vivacity of behavior, unusual noisy take-off and remarkable ability to hide in the branches of trees.
Spring grouse hunting is prohibited. This bird forms a pair, each of them has its own plot of courtship, vigilantly guarded by the male. Grouse do not form group currents, like capercaillie or black grouse, but the male nevertheless quickly responds to the challenge of the opponent and hurries to it, showing all his cock prowess.
The female makes her nest in dry places in the supports among grass, moss and dead wood and lays up to 15 eggs. It begins to incubate them after the last egg is laid. Therefore, the Chicks are hatched at the same time and, as soon as they dry off under the mother’s wing, they begin to run actively, and in case of danger they are able to hide so that sometimes they are completely impossible to detect. At an early age, the main food of Chicks is small insects. Adult grouse feed mainly on the ground in summer, and in winter on trees. Favorite grouse feed:
seeds of different plants
buds and catkins of birch, alder, willow
The grouse is kept mainly in dense coniferous forests with an admixture of deciduous trees, with well-developed undergrowth and forest, loves alders, mountain ash, but especially loves paddy and decays in the mountain taiga, streams and riverine terraces in flat forests.
Types of grouse hunting
Grouse hunting is always associated with the forest. If you hunt grouse more often on the edges, fields and glades, on capercaillie-on the outskirts of forest swamps, the grouse can be found most often only in the thick of the forest.
In the forest, in their favorite places, grouse talk in the autumn. Probably in the fall they are divided into pairs, although they do not arrange marriage games at this time. But males, as in the spring, actively respond to the whistle of rivals and enter into fights with them. This, basically, and enjoyed the hunters and summons the males of a special buzzer.
Hunting with Pishchik is very exciting, but sometimes it is not necessary. Where there are a lot of grouse, you can hunt them just from the approach. Slowly, carefully listening to everything and looking closely, you go along the edge of the decay among the cedars. In the center of the break-up, a stream is barely audible, its banks are overgrown with alders. The gun is ready.
“PR-R-R” – falls from a branch of a cedar not noticed by you grouse. You follow him with your eyes. There he planned it, and you know roughly where he landed. Now carefully, as quietly as possible, creep up. Well, it is: there it is, like a growth, frozen, sitting on a branch next to the trunk.
Hunting for grouse can occur with a COP. You need to hunt only in August, for still young broods. At this time, they are kept in clearings and clearings, on berry fields. In the morning utility bills brood disperses quite widely, and rabcat well withstand the rack and the liner setter. During the day, the brood noisily rises from the ground and settles close to the low branches of trees.
The latest autumn grouse hunting takes place only from the approach without a dog.
Grouse hunting from the approach
Hunting from the approach is an interesting way of getting birds.
The success of this grouse hunt depends on the hunter’s knowledge of the habitat, his patience and accuracy when shooting. In autumn, you can find grouse most often on berry fields, in light areas of dark-coniferous forest, in birch forests with a well-developed grassy cover and an abundance of bony berries and blueberries, in clearings with wild rose and mountain ash, in spruce-blueberries and cranberries.
At the end of autumn, when the berries disappear, grouse move to dense tame spruce forests, low areas of the forest, where they find winter food in abundance. Since that time, the lifestyle of birds has changed significantly. It is rare to see a grouse glimpsed in the snow-covered spruce paws. In addition, you need to have excellent vision to see through the darkness of a motionless gray bird. Another thing in the fall, when the grouse “all in sight”. At any time of the day, you can see the birds running along forest paths, at the turns, on the berry fields.
Hunter slowly crawls rabinya land. It does not make sense to look closely at the grassy cover, you will still not see a grouse against the background of the forest floor. Most often, the hunter only hears the characteristic noise of a flying bird. This noise determines the direction of flight and the approximate landing place.
The startled grouse flies in a straight line no further than 20-50 m, sits low and, anxiously looking around, walks along the branch. This is the best moment for a shot. A second time startled, it flies much further and sits higher, somewhere in the upper third of the tree, and there it hides.
Experienced hunters by ear determine the tree on which the grouse sat. This is very important for further search of the bird, but it is possible to do this only after a long training session.
Often the newly startled grouse, deftly maneuvering between the branches of various trees, as if trying to sit on some of them, but sits somewhere in the side on a thick branch near the trunk. This often saves his life, as the hunter, noticing a swaying branch, goes around the tree, trying to look for a bird on it. The grouse suddenly takes off from a completely different tree. Sometimes, when a hunter approaches, an adult bird suddenly starts running restlessly along a branch and “chirping”. Most often this happens in September, before the brood breaks up. When you hear a bird, you should immediately stop and carefully turn your head to try to see the bird. At this time, the grouse is very close, sees the hunter and “chirping” is a signal of danger. At the slightest careless movement, it breaks off and flies away.
A flying grouse is rarely shot down. Shooting in the forest is too difficult. Easily wounded grouse does not fall to the ground, but so skillfully hides in a tree that you can painfully consider the landing site and not see it.
Practice shooting in flight, sometimes hunting from a blind. When a hunter spots a bird on a forest road, a wide glade, or a clearing, he creeps up behind the trees and shoots at it, if at the last moment the grouse has time to notice the danger.
Successful is the hunting of grouse in the winter evening in the alders, where the birds fly out to feed. From a distance, you can see a flock of grouse, hastily filling their craws with alder catkins, and try to take a couple of birds with a shot.
With a small-caliber rifle in hand, where hunting with it is allowed, you can get a few grouse without leaving the place. The sound of this weapon scares the birds a little. Thus, hunters knock out 6-7 grouse from the fattening flock. Now for this purpose, it is allowed to use hunting air weapons.
Hunting for grouse in the wild
Grouse hunting is usually done by two or three hunters. After selecting a section of the forest where grouse occur, some hunters are ambushed. The beater for 200 – 300 m begins to move towards them. At the same time, he taps the tree trunks with a stick, causing the grouse to shoot and fly in the direction where the arrows are hidden.
For all its simplicity, this hunt can be very interesting, since the arrows can hear the noise of approaching birds from a distance. Knocking down the needles and thin branches with its strong wings, the grouse noisily flies up to the shooting line and, sitting on a thick branch, listens to the steps of the approaching beater. The shot doesn’t scare other birds. Soon they fly up. It happens that a grouse or grouse will suddenly fly at the shooter, a hare or a Fox will run out. If hunting for them is allowed, the production will be more diverse, and hunting for grouse is more interesting.
Grouse hunting with a dog
Unlike the black grouse and capercaillie, the adult grouse does not stand up to either the COP’s stance or the barking. The hunter does not have time to approach the dog that picked up the grouse, as it suddenly begins to bark in another place, then further away and soon stops completely. It is rare to find dogs that hold the grouse in place. To do this, you need a calm, experienced husky, which, yapping once, silently waits for the hunter, only waving its tail. Usually young grouse do not fly away with this behavior of the dog, and the hunter who quietly approached finds the bird by the look of the husky.
With a COP, they hunt grouse in September by brood. Broods are kept at the edges of the forest, near cuttings, on berry fields. Early in the morning, a hunter with a dog goes around these places and scares the birds. Lurking on the ground, young grouse, unlike adults, sometimes stand up well to a COP. After the shot, the other birds are seated close to the trees, presenting an excellent target even for an inexperienced shooter.