At no time is the hunting better than from the close of deer season to the end of partridge season, February 29, 1996. With fewer people, less leaves on the trees, the homebody birds occupying smaller territories they are easier to find, see and bag.
The RUFFED GROUSE, a 17 to 20 inch bird with 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 blunt tail weighs about 1/4 pound dressed out. GROUSE hinting is challenging, frustrating but always exciting. Upon being flushed a 100 to 150 yard flight is normal. Should you miss your first shot you may have a chance again by following the bird.