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Location: CR, CO
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Blue Grouse in Colorado?

Hey gents, I am new to the forum, mostly a ff and upland hunter, however, a bunch of my elk hunting buddies have talked me into giving it a try. In the meantime, I am also aware from several of my friends, that elk hunters are the group most likely to sumble upon blue grouse while in the woods. I would love to get any opinions or suggestion on best populations in the state of Colorado, so I can get my GSP pup out and scouting. Thank you very much for the help.

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Location: Montana
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Blue Grouse

I usually find blue grouse around 8000' to 9500' range during the summer and early part of the fall where currant, serviceberry, snowberry, and other mast crops can be found. These areas are mostly in the aspen forest. This is a nice time to take your dog for a walk and maybe let him point a few birds.
By mid-Sept. (when hunting season starts) the birds are usually located in areas where small forbs are found that have not yet been damaged by frost. The forbs are similar to kinnicknick (look in a plant guide). The birds are mosty in heavy timber areas at an elevation of 10, 500' during Sept. and Oct. They like to hang around exposed ridge lines with rock outcroppings. These ridges line usually have heavy timber along the north or east sides and the birds usually fly into the trees after getting spooked. Another areas I like to hunt about an hour or so before dark is old logging roads. The birds like to gravel up before going to roast.
After the first heavy snow I usually don't go after the grouse, because they move into heavy timbered areas and hang-out all winter in just a few trees. Most likely in Englemann Spruce at high elevation.
As you will find out blue grouse are tough to find. It seems to me that when I'm not hunting them they can be found everywhere, but when I have my dog and my shotgun in hand I walk for several miles before finding birds if any.
I would recommend hunting during the first weeks of Sept. along the western slope. White River Nat. Forest would be a good place to start. Email me direct if you want and I tell you several areas that usually produce birds.
Another thought; blue grouse are not the best species to hunt for with dogs. I would keep an e-collar or have direct control over your GSP before venturing into the elk-woods with your dog. Blue grouse if not hunted hard will usually fly to the first series of trees and land. However, dogs are nice if you wound a bird.
Where did you get your GSP? I'm looking for another dog.
Good luck

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Location: CR, CO
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Colorado Blue Grouse

I really appreciate the advice, I am in Grand Junction once a month and have access to the western slope in Sept mid-week. I would love to email you to get more info, i took a look at your profile and can't find it. I will update mine with my email address so you can em me. The breeder that our GSP came from is a gal by the name of Don Cragg. Again, em me and i will find her contact info. Hailey has been a fantastic pup. Bonus feature, you by from them you get to hunt Phez and dove out at there farm!!!

Thanks

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Location: Montana
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Blue Grouse in Colorado?

Boone, I emailed you direction a few weeks ago, but I don't think it went through. Anyhow, I seen the photo of your dog on the other website. Good looking dog. I enjoy hunting with GSP. It will probably be next spring before we will get another one. I currently have a 7 year old lab that is good hunter. I'll be moving back to the western slope in a few months so I should be able to locate some more bird spots. My email is pnelson292003@yahoo.com if want to contact. I explain the locations for some blue grouse hunting.

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Location: Southern Colorado
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Blue Grouse in Colorado?

It seems like I see a 2 for about every 5 miles of hiking trails. Good eating and well worth it.

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Grouse

I was just in you neck of the woods a few weeks ago just west of La Garita
scouting out area 68 for elk hunting which we did see a few. But back to grouse
We saw a lot of grouse. More then I've seen in years in the high meadows
every morning just in the tree lines. We counted 15 one morning just outside of our camp. good luck

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