I've got 7 Duskys (Blue Grouse) so far this season. The .410 makes it tough . I pass up more shots than I take. I've downright missed 4 so far this season. Had a real active morning this morning. Dog flushed 6, I took 1 shot and missed. Had 2 flush below us while the dog was working up high. I had 1 flush directly behind me while I was setting up for a shot ahead of me. Had 1 flush beside me while I was jumping over a creek . YEE HAW!
I've been doing great this year I went out about 6 times and out of the 6 got my limit 5 times which is 5 birds here (ruffed or spruce grouse) mostly ruffys except last weekend. I decided to bring the crossbow for a hoot, bad idea I ended up missing about 4 birds and seeing ten and loosing 7 bolts, bush is still way to thick for birdin with a bow. Plus I was using eastman broadheads. I guess I had a little too much faith in how good my shot with a bow is.
He's doing great besides the bitting the kids don't like it and Im getting sick of hearing them yell so its muzzle time for him but hes getting really big. Amazing dog though really really smart and learning quick already bringing birds to the truck for me. I also have alot of fun hunting woodcock they must be like your blue grouse really quick and always in thick cover. Good luck on your hunts man, keep me posted.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...