Joined: 12 Aug 2007
Location: Northern Illinois
Here in the midwest the grouse season is upon us and opens September 15th in Michigan. I usually donít do much that early, but it has been cool and I am going to head up to open the Camp on September 14th. The dogs are in shape and I have just started to work them on a few birds to knock the rust off (mostly me). The Cruiser is ready and so is my gear. So early on the 15th I will start to check out some new coverts and probably take in a couple of favorites to see if the seed stock was successful.
I bought a new 16, mainly for pheasant, but I was hoping it would be ready, but I donít think my smith is going to finish it. I am adding a wood extension, some cast, and having a couple of spots on the barrels touched up with some rust bluing.
Joined: 17 Mar 2017
Location: Endless Mountains of Pa
Opening day here in Pa is the weekend of Oct 15th each year. My buddy Ken owner of the Shooting Star Gun Shop will be here for the 1st week. I have no plans to due any dog training and we will have a nice time with our 16 Gauge double guns. I acquired a nice J.P.Sauer 16 that I want to shoot a few Grouse with. Should be a great opening day.
Joined: 14 Oct 2011
Location: Southern Oregon
Opening day was the 1st here in Oregon. In southern Oregon we can expect temperatures in the 100s this weekend with really bad smoke. The wildfires across the west are really hurting air quality. Looking forward to rain and cooler temps.
Here in the Midwest grouse season opened yesterday. Had several points, hunting partner collected a chicken on a fine, relatively long shot. The opening day Browning 16 was shot just once, at a passing dove, and Gene knocked that one down with his 12ga. We then each committed 20ga on doves the rest of the day.
We walked in on the first point and as the birds went up we just stood there and watched them. Don't know if it's not wanting to disturb the quiet, letting the other guy shoot first (we each had birds clearly on our respective sides), or something else I can't conceive, but this has happened before on the first birds of opening day.
_________________ Bore, n. Shotgun enthusiast's synonym for "gauge" ; everybody else's synonym for "shotgun enthusiast." - Ed Zern
Joined: 16 Dec 2007
After a 40 year opening day tradition I shifted last year to holding off until the first weekend of October. The plan is to wait again this year before heading into the woods. It's less about the heavy tree and ground cover and more about the warm temps. We never had much success and the time on the ground was limited as dogs struggled with the heat. Only situation which might get me out there sooner is a cool weather day.
My wife and I and our girl Josie went out this AM in the smoke filled mountains of SW Montana. Two young Blue grouse ended up in our vests. Josie got a snootful of young grouse feathers in her mug - a very happy girl.
Looking forward to another Montana autumn and the bird hunting memories yet to be made again this year.
I must admit, used the 20 gauge this AM
The 16 double is going out tomorrow
Good luck to all this fall.........
Joined: 06 Nov 2009
Location: West Coast of WI
I'll wait. Mid-September is still summer around here and my dogs and I are cold weather machines.
The year of the picture below was an exception. The morning temp was 30 degrees I took member Black Belt and dear old Jazz and we had a wonderful hunt on that unseasonably crisp day.
_________________ What friends I have, what days I treasure most, what places that I think about and smile . . . they are because shotguns are. Without them I would have been empty. They have made my life full. - Gene Hill
Good luck on opening day Mike. Wont get up to the Up until around Oct 20th. My contacts tell me this should be another good year. I picked up a beautiful little Parker O frame 16 ga hammer gun this summer. It might have to make the trip
Joined: 22 Aug 2015
Location: Magnolia, TX
Not opening day, but I'm spending Oct 10th thru the 21st in Pittsburg NH! Can hardly contain myself! Either going to take the Ory and Duquenne 16ga. or a 20ga damascus Flues. Like stepping back in time!
Joined: 12 Aug 2007
Location: Northern Illinois
Opens the 16th in MN. Will hunt locally first day or two. On to Wisconsin & Lake Superior & the Bayfield Peninsula for a cast & blast trip for several days.
The Apostle Islands are a nice spot, but I have never hunted that neck of the woods. More over by Hurley and south to Mercer. I heard your drumming counts were up quite bit in MN, so good luck on your ventures.
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