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these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby rabidhunter66 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:17 am

Went north of Eustis for a few days and outside a doz geese there were no waterfowel around. I did manage a few partridge and saw a few does but no bucks. Back to the coasr and ducks again.
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby bkmaine » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:54 am

Is partridge the same thing as ruffed grouse?
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby rabidhunter66 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:58 am

Yes
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Postby 733SubDucker » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:24 am

bkmaine wrote:Is partridge the same thing as ruffed grouse?



"Paa-tridge" or simply... "biids"
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby R-Factor » Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:09 am

:lol3:
733SubDucker wrote:
bkmaine wrote:Is partridge the same thing as ruffed grouse?



"Paa-tridge" or simply... "biids"
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby R-Factor » Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:15 pm

rabidhunter66 wrote:Went north of Eustis for a few days and outside a doz geese there were no waterfowel around. I did manage a few partridge and saw a few does but no bucks. Back to the coasr and ducks again.
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Nice picture by the way...I think double barrels are the cat's pajamas for Maine upland hunting. :hammer: I don't own one now, but I sold a Beretta O/U I had...regret that one!
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Postby rabidhunter66 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:15 pm

Ya I love that lil gun. It was my grandfathers. Its an old marshwood from the littl3bit of info on it and its a 16ga.
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Postby Rise and Shine Retrievers » Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:49 pm

With the first half of duck hunting closed in NH I took a couple of hours to chase some upland birds as well last weekend. This was my first double on grouse. 5 birds went up in about 3 sec and I managed to hit #2 & #4. Back to ducks this week.
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Postby rabidhunter66 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:19 pm

Nice pic. Ya I will be back on the ducks this week. Been real slow up to this point and I havnt hunted much. Still need my first one this year.
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Postby JustinNH » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:42 am

Nice pics! Upland is what got me into hunting
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Postby bkmaine » Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:33 am

Rabid's grouse look much different than Rise and Shine's grouse... Are they different?

I don't know anything about upland hunting but I have also been interested. I'm becoming more interested every time I head out duck hunting recently. The last time I went and got something duck hunting I got 3 ducks, my best ever personal day of hunting... that was 5 weeks ago and it was the last time i fired my gun. I have been going almost every Saturday and a couple of week days as well during that time, so lets say maybe 6 or 7 times out. I am easily putting in at least one scouting trip for every hunting trip, but I SUCK recently. Sorry for the vent, I hope things get better and more birds turn up, low water level around Sebago has left a lot of my spots lacking... ANYWAYS, this recently failure has lead me to want to give it a go with the upland birds, don't know much about it at all but I've heard there are birds northwest towards of here Rangeley. What types of upland birds are in Maine natively and what types are raised and released? Grouse, woodcock, quail, pheasant? Which are native? Are there any others?
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby rabidhunter66 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:36 am

Bk these ones I believe were french birds which may explain the diffrence. The Canadian border was only about 100 yards away and when I jumped them I thought I heard them say "merde"! Just kidding. May be they were more puffed out and I fanned their tails makes them look bigger?? Could be older birds may be??. As for other birds I think they are the only game in town that reproduces on its own. Pheasants anywhere are nonnative and im not sure maine stocks any anywhere. These were Rangely "area" birds but you should have some around you. These birds are all over maine on good years and seems like nowhere on down years. Just get out and start walking around. You will bump some now its not a bad year unless you have had alot of pressure in that area but I would still be willing to bet you find one or two.
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Postby Swanny » Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:49 pm

Maine has 10-15 pheasant stocking sites that they release birds over several weekends in Oct. I think they let around 40 per site/release. Plenty of woodcock in maine, however that season ended on Nov14th. Grouse is the only other upland bird outside of the other 2 just mentioned in Maine.
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Postby Mike the Fox » Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:04 pm

I always thought partridge were birds that the locals shot, and ruffed grouse were birds that people from "away" paid big $ to shoot at! :hammer:
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Postby JCraig12 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:52 pm

Nothin' like a little bird hunting on the down time. I've only got 5 this year. Seems like my spots produce more in late November. I'm headed to the Rockwood area next week for a few days in between my work schedule. Should blast a few then. :thumbsup:

Todd there should be a few birds in your area right now, I know my buddies from Unity are putting a hurt on the geese and are seeing good mallard numbers, mostly in corn fields. Seem like the place to be lately for me as well. Haven't gotten skunked in three weeks! Knock on wood. :hammer:
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Postby Rise and Shine Retrievers » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:22 pm

Could be older birds may be


I flushed 5 birds in 3 sec and got 2 which tells me that it was a spring brood that hasn't broken up yet and gone their separate ways. I believe that I shot 2 young birds. I will get out again after deer season.

2nd half of duck hunting opens up in NH tomorrow. I'll be there.

Did someone say pheasants!
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby rabidhunter66 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:45 pm

Thanks Justin. I will be at them friday and I have seen a few around. More then I was seeing last week for sure!

Nice pile of pheasants there!!!
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Postby JCraig12 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:28 am

Thanks Justin. I will be at them friday and I have seen a few around. More then I was seeing last week for sure!

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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby Huntswithashorthair » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:56 am

The difference between partridge and grouse is simple: partridge are hunted from a truck and shot on the ground. Grouse are hunted with a dog and shot in the air. Nothing wrong with either...different strokes for different folks!
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby mountainguy » Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:16 pm

I'll trade you ducks (or a goose) for partridge! Ducks and geese been good to me this year, but didn't get any grouse.
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2013: 9 Geese, 31 ducks
2012: 10 Geese, 27 ducks
2011: 3 Geese, 20 ducks
2010: 5 Geese, 20 ducks
2009: 3 Geese, 20 ducks
2008: 1 Goose, 18 ducks
2007: 4 Geese, 19 ducks
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby R-Factor » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:15 pm

Huntswithashorthair wrote:The difference between partridge and grouse is simple: partridge are hunted from a truck and shot on the ground. Grouse are hunted with a dog and shot in the air. Nothing wrong with either...different strokes for different folks!

Ohhhhhhh boy- I've heard it all now! :lol3: Growing up, we always chuckled at the out-of-staters that would stroll into town and ask how the grouse hunting has been...I love it!
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby R-Factor » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:37 pm

I've taken the kids out for some quick evening trips this week and we've seen decent numbers. They really enjoy it.

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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby Flytier » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:37 pm

I am guessing those are partridge and not grouse. :lol:
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Re: these arnt ducks but tasted great!

Postby R-Factor » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:25 pm

Flytier wrote:I am guessing those are partridge and not grouse. :lol:

All of my birds are "Pat-ridge" Flytier- but you know that already. :lol3: Two of the above birds were taken on the wing...two were taken in a much more relaxed position- well off the ground. :wink:
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