I used to love hunting them here in east TN hills, but in the last 15 yrs seems they have disappeared. Coons, coyotes, hawks, have made a dent in their population, have any of you seen any lately? I suppose they might be some in higher elevations
A small bud on the Birch trees is what is postulated as what causes those cycles. No buds, no birds.I haven't hunted grouse in Tennessee but on some family land up in Wisconsin and if I recall, ruffed grouse populations tend to go in a 7-9 year cycle. Not sure what attributes to the rise and fall but wishful thinking would have me hoping that TN is just in the down side of the cycle.
How many do you jump and what county if you don’t mindIt’s certainly not what it was 20-30 years ago, or even 5 years ago. Still some birds, but nothing like the past.
endless primo habitat just not the population we should have.
No one knows what’s caused it either. Lots of guessing but no real answers. I still hunt several days a week as it’s good exercise and something to do this time of year
Years ago while turkey hunting, I kept hearing someone in the distance trying to pull start a push mower. But I could not figure who it might be or where they would be. I guess it was my dad who told me it was actually a grouse drumming.hearing the “drumming” is great