What size shot and choke for blue grouse?

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What size shot and choke for blue grouse?

Postby CORam » Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:39 am

What size shot and choke do you guys like to use for blue grouse?
I'm going grouse hunting this weekend to get me through til duck season.
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Postby harvey1b » Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:55 am

I shot them with my bow during elk archery season when I lived in Wyoming. That should tip you off that they aren't hard to hit. When I went shotgunning for them I used a 20 guage with #6 with a skeet choke, when you hit them it doesn't take much to kill them, hitting them is the key. If you flush a covey keep your eye on them. They usually will not fly far, and like to land in nearby trees. It takes a lot to flush them out of that tree so I would just pick off of the ones in the trees that I didn't get on the wing.

Good luck! If you get in a good spot it can be a lot of fun. :thumbsup:
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Re: What size shot and choke for blue grouse?

Postby casey_714 » Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:13 pm

CORam wrote:What size shot and choke do you guys like to use for blue grouse?
I'm going grouse hunting this weekend to get me through til duck season.


You're asking for a 12 gauge, right?

I use a .410. I love shooting them with that thing.
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Re: What size shot and choke for blue grouse?

Postby CORam » Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:42 pm

casey_714 wrote:
CORam wrote:What size shot and choke do you guys like to use for blue grouse?
I'm going grouse hunting this weekend to get me through til duck season.


You're asking for a 12 gauge, right?

I use a .410. I love shooting them with that thing.

Yeah, I'm using a 12 gauge. I would use my 20 but I'm away at school right now and don't have it with me...don't ask why not.
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Postby ghostingrey » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:31 am

I use #6 shot and and IC choke in both my 20 and 12 ga. for grouse. Sometimes you have no choice but to shoot them out of trees. Couple weeks ago i had to chuck a rock at a pair just to get them to fly. They were just sitting on the trail and there was no way i could get enough distance to avoid shredding them. Good luck with those birds. I walked probably 25 miles this weekend and didn't see a single bird. They were all over the place a few weeks ago, but i think someone told them when the season opened. Good luck, they are delicious.
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Postby CORam » Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:01 am

Thanks for the tips. I didn't get a chance to go last weekend because my buddy bailed out on me. We're planning to go this weekend. Now I need a way to justify spending $110 on an upland game license, in addition to my waterfowl license. I'm here for school, and have to pay out-of-state fees. :thumbsdown:
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:22 am

unless you just got there at the beginning of semester, you can apply for residency after living in most states for 6 months... just a thought to save you $$ on tuition and hunting fees :thumbsup:
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Postby CORam » Sat Sep 16, 2006 11:53 am

Well I just got back from hunting. Didn't find any birds, the place we were planning to go was closed for some reason. I need to learn to hunt these birds. We might go to a new place next weekend.

Man I can't wait for duck hunting!
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Postby duckbum13 » Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:28 pm

.410 and aim above there head so no lead in yo meat :thumbsup:
might as well start callin me the pit man
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Postby duckjumper » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:19 pm

You talking about Spruce Grouse, a/k/a Fool Hens? Leave the shotgun at home, buddy and take along a pocketful of rocks. That's all you need. They'll flush, sit on a branch and let you have at 'em...which is why the bag limit is typically very low. They haven't really evolved to deal with us humans very well...
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Postby skybuster20ga » Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:56 pm

just about any grouse or woodcock is a good match for imp to cyl in 12 or 20. i like a light load, say 1 0z in a 12 and 3/4 or 7/8 in a 20 of #7 1/2
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