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Thanks for correcting me on that "dense" cover stuff, should have known that there wasn't much sage brush in western OR, but for some reason I wasn't thinking when I posted.
Duh...

Definitely looks like you have no lack of water. I think those are ferns on the ground in that last picture! What time of year is that? Just recently?

Looking at the blue grouse picture you put up, I'm thinking now that it must have been sage grouse that I was hunting and referred to earlier. Sage grouse are a bit bigger and lighter in color.

That is a big quail!! Never heard of mtn quail.

Yes that is dense too, K9 help would definitely be a benefit.

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those are ferns allright. they're everywhere. that picture was taken just this season. probably about 2 weeks ago i guess. as green as that is, that is the DRY season. they had the "high fire danger" signs all over the place and you could only travel the roads if you were carrying a shovel and a fire extiguisher (yeah, like i am going to jump out of my truck and go fight a forrest fire with a shovel and a little fire extiguisher...ha ha)

The Mountain Quail (or the grouse either for that matter) don't get a lot of attention around here simply becuase it is so tough to hunt them. there are some advantages to that though if you are willing to put a little time into it. the birds don't spook easily so you can approach them (when you can find them) and as you can see...they grow to a nice healthy fat size.

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Wow, sure looks wet for the dry season!

Your "dense" make the "dense cover" I was referring too above, look wide open... Wink

I do know that Oregon did have some nasty fires this year, just like a few other western states. I think with the shovel and the extiguisher they are hoping you will put out (or attempt) little spot fires, perhaps by a road. Wishful thinking perhaps...

Sounds like you have some great grouse/quail hunting and if it doesn't attract a lot of interest all the better! For me the most exciting part was flushing them up close.

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i was walking out to my deer area yesterday morning and a grouse almost flew right into my head. scared the heck out of me. it was barely light enough to see anything..mostly shades of light and dark..i heard branches crash behind me and when i turned around there was the "shape" about 2 feet from my head and closing fast...i ducked and frantically waved my hands over my head. it landed on the road right in front of me and i could tell from the silouette that it was a grouse...damn bird. i was jumpy the rest of the day.

too bad my shotgun was back in the truck...ah well, it wasn't shooting time yet anyway.

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HA HA! Scare the $hit out of you?

Probably ten years ago I was hunting pheasant about day break and I had a damn big barn owl come out of this tree towards me (I hadn't seen it before). Made a racket and scared the piss out of me.

I dropped down to a knee, put the gun to my shoulder, and stared whirling around trying to get a lock on the noise. When I finally figured out what the noise (it had land in another tree) was I felt pretty stupid. I think the owl with its big yellow eyes was chuckling at my absurd reaction...

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i'll tell you what...if i had known what it was i would have caught it like a football and that would have been that....too bad i was fearing for my life at the moment...ha ha.

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I don't blame you. I probably would have done the same thing. Wink

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The ruffed grouse we hunt in western washington very smart and are in densly covered areas. this year was the first year i ever hunted pheastants and they are a kick.

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sounds like you have the same troubles in western WA as i have in western OR.

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yeah if you dont have a dog to point or flush the birds, ruffed grouse can be hard to hunt in densly covered areas

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