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#3015404 - 11/04/12 02:19 PM Re: Grouse [Re: DntBrnDPig]
14 Point

Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 7707
Loc: Memphis, Tennessee

Yea I used to hear stories about quail and grouse hunting from my grandfather. Its sad how even my generation doesn't really have the opportunity to hunt them like they did 40+ years ago. I think the large number of predators has a huge deal with the population. We need to get more guys to spend time hunting the predators so that maybe we can get the numbers up some.
#3015867 - 11/04/12 07:28 PM Re: Grouse [Re: Inkstainz]
tn red
4 Point

Registered: 07/19/10
Posts: 114
Loc: rutherford

The ban on logging has hurt the grouse in many areas.As far as quail i see huge areas of habitat with few covies but numbers in the last 2 yrs have been the best in a decade.
The second kick from a mule is of very little educational value

#3022996 - 11/08/12 10:07 AM Re: Grouse [Re: tn red]
8 Point

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 2334
Loc: Cleveland, TN

tn red, that's what I have heard too. Quail numbers are looking better.
Any time you can get out to hunt, is a good day to hunt.

#3023006 - 11/08/12 10:11 AM Re: Grouse [Re: Jhawk]
10 Point

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 2835
Loc: SouthEast Tenn

 Originally Posted By: Jhawk
I think we really need to get a hold on our hawk population, the people at the dnr say they dont eat enough quail or grouse to hurt the population but i disagree.

I heard just the opposite from a TWRA biologist a few months ago. He said the Coopers Hawk is one of the biggest predators facing quail.
"The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain."
-Ronald Firbank

#3045849 - 11/23/12 11:45 AM Re: Grouse [Re: DntBrnDPig]
6 Point

Registered: 09/09/07
Posts: 663
Loc: knox

isaw 3 last sat thank ill go take my ole dog over there later
#3076937 - 12/13/12 06:08 AM Re: Grouse [Re: tn red]
8 Point

Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2396
Loc: Knoxville, TN

 Originally Posted By: tn red
The ban on logging has hurt the grouse in many areas.As far as quail i see huge areas of habitat with few covies but numbers in the last 2 yrs have been the best in a decade.

Where is this ban on logging you speak of? It certainly isn't around here.

#3080107 - 12/14/12 11:49 PM Re: Grouse [Re: Setterman]
4 Point

Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 171
Loc: Knox, TN

I have ran the girls a few times this year, but much fewer than I would like. Hope to catch up by the end of the season. We have moved a bird almost every outing....not as many as in the past but still moving birds. Wish to find these quail a few have mentioned rebounding a bit. But again maybe by the end of the season.
Outside is the only place where I feel like ME

#3080683 - 12/15/12 02:52 PM Re: Grouse [Re: birddoginQ]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

If any of you guys do luck into a grouse or two and clean them for the table, I'd love to have the feathers to tie up some trout flies. Just throw what you pluck into a plastic bag, and I'll be happy to pay to get them mailed to me.

Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#3080825 - 12/15/12 04:35 PM Re: Grouse [Re: scn]
14 Point

Registered: 09/12/03
Posts: 8600
Loc: Mount Carmel, TN

I used to do a lot of grouse and quail hunting in my area and was very lucky to have a setter that was very good on grouse.

Sadly, everyone sprayed and burnt their fence rows and started keeping their feilds mowed so close they resemble golf courses. And they all wonder where their quail went. \:\(

Edited by GRAMPS (12/15/12 04:36 PM)
The older we get....the better we was.

#3083335 - 12/17/12 11:02 AM Re: Grouse [Re: GRAMPS]

Registered: 02/17/09
Posts: 29
Loc: Maryville, TN

I haven't got to go out this year in Tennessee. I can't wait until I have the chance. Watching my setter work is what it's all about for me. He isn't very good due to the low numbers to train him on. But I would rather be bloody and bruised just to hear the thunder of wings than chase anything else.
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