more limited sharp-tailed grouse and hungarian partridge populations in the remaining prairies of northwest and east central Minnesota.
09/16/17 - 01/01/18
What don't I know about grouse?
Where do I locate grouse?
How do I properly shoot a grouse?
How do I field dress and clean a grouse?
How do I pin out the tail?
How do I store and preserve grouse?
HOW TO BE
The right grouse gun is easy to carry, quick to swing, mount & fire without creating too much recoil. A pump action has greater capacity to carry and fire more shells. Choose the ubiquitous 12 gauge or a 16 on a small frame.
Pick shells that match the gauge size of your gun. Birdshot contains smaller pellets. Select #9, #8 , #7.5. These will carry better through the thick brush grouse inhabit. Your shotgun is marked “x gauge x inch”. Inch lengths including: 2.5, 2.75, 3 and 3.5. Never fire shells longer than your marking.
FIELD DRESSING KIT
You'll want to clean these birds in the field at the end of your hunt. Some gallon size zip-loc bags and wet wipes will make clean work.
The safer and more efficient tool for quick clips during field dressing.
For field dressing birds.
Go blaze orange beanie or baseball cap depending on the temps.
When it gets colder, put on a pair of glove liners with good grip.
Look for windproof fabric technologies that protect from the elements
while maintaining dexterity.
TOP: BASE LAYER
Select wool or synthetic tee shirts or 1/4 zip long sleeves. These fabrics are great with moisture transfer and odor avoidance.
JACKET / VEST
A great all around small game vest is durable, water repellent and features ample organization for ammo and spacious game pockets.
Ex Officio, always. Wear one pair all weekend with the most comfortable, breathable, quick drying briefs.
A great everyday then into the outdoors pant has a comfortable cut, 4 way stretch tech fabric and a range of crossover colors.
Wool socks transfer moisture most efficiently, avoid odor and continue to insulate when wet. Select greater weight and cuff height for lower temperatures.
There can be many miles before a bird is encountered. You’ll want boots that are light, tough, and waterproof.
Any Fleet-Farm will do.