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Location: sultan, wa
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Grouse Hunting Leavenworth, WA

I want to get into grouse hunting this season, can anyone give me some general locations that are good around leavenworth? Also, I like using a 20ga for this, what would be the best shot size? I was thinking #4, my gun is a full choke. Open for any help, thanks.

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Location: Olympia, WA
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Grouse Hunting Leavenworth, WA

Sultanshooter, good choice for the grouse plans. Try any creek drainage around leavenworth. We focus on areas that have plenty of elderberries, seems the grouse like these. You will find them full of ants, spruce tips, seeds and berries. We also use 20 guage shotguns for the grousing, but choose smaller shot down to size 7.

I find the grouse by road hunting, and once I find one grouse, I get out and walk any nearby skids or trails, or even hillside for them. Even in the heat of the day I can find them. Approach a single tree with limbs close to the ground, using optics to check the tree ahead of you. Often they are napping, until you get really close, so be ready.

Last year my nine year old son chastised me for not taking the shot at any of the ten or so birds which continued to erupt out of the grass ahead of us. One by one, they lifted off in a blurr of wings and dust. But, I waited until one roosted on a limb, and then took that one. My son was right, should have started blasting them in the air, not sure why I didn't. We will see how he does in future years, won't we?

I have one area I always return to, where during a cold snap, I found over 40 grouse in one group, all sunning themselves out of the wind. And like explained above, I passed on the shots until the end, only got one. I return here every year. And no, I am not sharing this location... Shame on You!

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Location: sultan, wa
Joined: 07/30/2006
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grouse hunting

Thanks Iceman! Can't blame you for not giving up that gem! Thats going to help getting me started out there this year!

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