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Utah Ruffed Grouse 2019

My brother and I were able to escape from work for a few hours last Friday. With the cooler weather I thought that it may be wise to focus on habitat that holds Ruffed grouse rather than chase Duskys. It ended up being a good plan. In two hours we moved 9 birds and was able to knock down 2 of them.

Ruffed Grouse have become one of my favorite game birds. There is something special about them. Next to Valley or Gambels quail, they are in my opinion, one of the coolest looking native bird species we have. There's a lot to look at on a ruff. From their crown to their tail feathers they are filled with the most amazing patchwork of textures and patterns. When I'm lucky enough to bag one, I can just sit and roll it in my hands and revel in each section of the bird.

Secondly, they are so squirrelly. Their unpredictable nature make them a lot of fun to hunt. You don't know how each one will react. Sometimes the fly directly up into a tree or they juke and jive through a stand of…

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