Hunting the spunky, however cyclical, ruffed grouse can be both exasperating and fulfilling. Now I've got to admit, a big part of searching success for this terrific upland game bird is shooting accuracy and proficiency, and I simply am not the marksman with a shotgun that I am with a reflex sight. However as vital as being an excellent shot is, it is equally important to understand how grouse act and to put yourself in position to obtain an excellent shot. With that said, here are five bottom lines to concentrate on for enhanced ruffed grouse hunting results:
1. Choose the ideal gun and stick with it. Shots at grouse come extremely quickly, so the weapon mount needs to be right immediately and regularly. That's just not going to hold true if you're changing weapons all the time. Altering barrels depending on the bird types being hunted is way preferable to altering weapons completely.
2. Shoot skeet with some consistency and increased frequency as hunting seasons method. It's excellent hunting practice and will improve your self-confidence and your efficiency. You'll discover that you will get used to seeing your targets break which self-confidence will rollover to your field shooting. You move in a different way, you're not tentative. You anticipate to see birds fall and they do.
3. Constantly be ready for birds to flush. Whether you're utilizing pointing pet dogs or spaniels and other waterfowl retrievers, you need to collaborate as a group and always keep an eye on your pet. I've seen numerous hunters with pointing pets just pay attention when the dog goes on point, and as a result are shocked by wild flushes and miss many excellent chances. Keep your trigger hand on your gun and use your left hand to press brush out of the way so you can always get your weapon into action rapidly.
4. Make the right method and do not stop until you're in a spot for a great shot. Dogless hunters understand the trick of stopping to make birds flush, and grouse hunters do it unintentionally, pausing on the way to a point and making birds flush wild. When your dog goes on point, walk in a rhythmic, stable cadence to the bird until you reach a place that you can shoot.
When cover is so thick that there is no "best place," take turns with a partner. One of you goes where you can shoot; the other plunges into the thick things. Search for escape cover like conifers where the bird will want to fly, then cut the grouse off by can be found in from that instructions.
5. Check out the line of flight. Grouse are not quick leaflets. The heavy cover they're concealing in just makes them appear fast. Get an excellent bead on them by merely identifying where you can shoot and the bird's probable course.
If you cannot see your partners, call out so you'll know where they are. That informs you where you can't shoot securely and gives you your shooting window. When a bird flushes in that window, you just have to see adequate to read its line of flight.
Line is much more essential than lead. If you can get the weapon ahead of the bird and shoot on the best line, chances are you will hit it.
Neglect brush and shoot. The odds of a grouse being directly behind a 10-inch tree trunk the instant you shoot are slim.
Remember, a grouse in hand really is among searching's greatest prizes, the fulfillment which ranks right up there with a prize whitetail. Why? Due to the fact that you work for them just as difficult and make every one you bag! Great hunting!