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Anyone seeing any grouse?

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I have been hunting grouse for 35 years.  I have never seen so few birds.  West of Onadaga County I can't find em.  It used to be 6-8 flushes per 2 hours as average.  Now, I am tickled to see one per session.  From the heyday of the 80's we have had a coyote explosion, a lack of trappers taking egg-eaters, avian viruses spread from Turkey farms, disease killing wild apples an red brush and now fisher numbers exploding.  The future looks bleak.  This is beyond a cyclical decline.  

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 Slim pickings in my go to spots around southern Onondaga County.  Shot one on Christmas day and that has been it.  

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I will be down that way on weekend of 9th if weather permits. 

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western NY they have been gone for a long time now, sure you may be able to find one, but most days that 1 is a great day. 40 years ago me and a buddy would hunt them with no dog and get shots every time out. Hitting them was another story with no pointer at your side.

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I can honestly say growing up I couldn't go afield for any reason without flushing several grouse.  These days they are more rare than coyotes.  

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Back in the 70's we'd get 20 flushes some days. My roommates and I shot 200 grouse one year! 4 of us hunting with 3 dogs. Now I seldom see any. Don't believe I could bust the brush and hunt hard like we did back then but we sure had fun. My favorite game bird.


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I read some place that the grouse where getting hit with a disease similar to west Nile, started a few years back and spreading through the population killing them as it go's. the western N.Y, area has been hit hard I'am not sure how far East it go's if its hitting the Adirondacks area.

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Grouse 5 .....dudes with guns 0.  Birds won the weekend. 

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