This was first, and emphatically, pointed out to me by one of my hunting buddies shortly after we flushed a brood of blue grouse
. Skylark had stopped, located the birds, and jumped right into the middle of them.
With our dogs leading the way, we hiked higher through lush pine trees, keeping our eyes and ears peeled for blue grouse
. The trees fell behind us, opening up to a wide valley and prime ptarmigan country directly beyond: steep mountainsides we would nickname Mordor.
Specifically, in our study eagles ate fewer Yellow-bellied Marmots (27.6 versus 40.3%), Chukar Partridge (4.4 versus 11.7%), and Blue Grouse
(Dendragapus obscurus) (2.2 versus 13.0%).
Out here in the West, however, a drilling can come in pretty handy, either early in the rifle season for deer and elk when the chances for a buck or bull are slim, but we very well might run into a blue grouse
, or when pheasant hunting on the prairie and a whitetail jumps from a buffalo-berry patch.
The ranch's deeded and leased public land comprise over 800,000 acres that encompass habitat ranging from sagebrush flats, green meadows and quakie pockets to rugged canyons covered with mixed deciduous and coniferous forests and shrubs: The diverse terrain ' supports mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, sage grouse, a few blue grouse
, as well as coyotes, badgers and even the occasional cougar.
-- -- -- -- Ruffed grouse Drumming surveys a) Roadside 2 3 b) Foot-transect 1 2 3 Flush census 1 2 3 (foot-transects) Brood counts 1 2 3 Blue grouse
Hooting counts 1 2 3 Brood counts 1 2 3 Spruce grouse Drumming counts 1 2 3 Brood counts 1 2 3 Prairie grouse Lek counts a) Sage grouse 1 2 3 b) Sharp-tailed 1 2 3 grouse c) Prairie chicken 1 2 3 Brood counts 2 3 Ptarmigan Territorial male call 1 2 3 play-backs Mapping territorial 1 2 3 males Foot transects 1 2 3 Brood counts 1 2 3 Which species?
Of the handful of area vineyards, Blue Grouse
(4365 Blue Grouse
Rd., Duncan; 250/743-3834) and Averill Creek (6552 North Rd., Duncan; 250/709-9986) stand out.
Partridges, blue grouse
, quail, ducks, geese, and pheasants are still hunted in B.C.
I remember the early-morning still hunt when he shot a big male blue grouse
off a stump at 30 some yards and that afternoon flat missed an elk at considerably shorter range.
Here's a vote for the "drum" of the male Blue Grouse
beating his chest to excite the ladies.
She looked a little smasher when making a decent debut at Lingfield in October behind a Godolphin hotpot Blue Grouse
and can only build on that.
First duty of the Chipmunk is a high-country elk hunt where blue grouse