Any grouse hunters out there? If so what type of grouse and where have you hunted them?
I used to hunt blue grouse (a.k.a prarie chickens) in Northwest Colorado. I enjoyed it but they seemed like kind of a stupid bird (compared to pheasant).
Pheasant never seemed to flush unless you had a dog working the undercover (usually sage brush, not corn or wheat fields like in the bread basket states). However these blue grouse, would flush with just people walking around. Worse the grouse would sometimes just mill around (oblivious to their surroundings) while you were walking around in shotgun range.
Blue grouse are pretty big birds though (for a game bird) and it was just an awesome sound to come right up to a thicket of sage brush and have 2-4 birds burst into flight right in front of you!