A Grouse Hunter's Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting by Mark Parman

By Mark Parman

''There are types of searching: traditional searching, and ruffed-grouse hunting.''—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

 

Like that previous grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods whilst the aspens are smoky gold. right here, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt via its result in the snows of January, Parman follows his puppy throughout the altering timber and foliage, thrills to the surprising flush of thrashing wings, and holds a chicken in hand, grateful for the meal it's going to supply. Distilling twenty seasons of grouse looking into those essays, he writes of previous canine and gun lust, hide and transparent slicing, weather switch, partners female and male, flora and fauna artwork, and stumps. A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac delves into the brain of a hunter, exploring the Northwoods with a watch for greater than simply game.

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Note that he writes “relatively wary,” as though they are easy to hunt, like barnyard fowl. Unfortunately for the species, grouse are relatively unwary around motorized vehicles, at times seeming downright stupid. 22. ” I trust they end up on the grills or in the dishes of the shooters because they are a delicacy. Early Season 18 Birds that perch in trees to avoid predators seem almost as dimwitted as those strutting along back roads oblivious to the effects of a shotgun because a bird in a tree is about as easy to pot as one pecking gravel along the shoulder of a county highway.

I 15 Early Season 16 Umbellus refers to the bird’s umbrella, the conspicuous ruff of feathers at the base of the neck, raised when grouse are mad, aroused, or spooked. Over the years, I’ve had several females attack me, always during nesting season, with the ruff extended, tail feathers spread out like little turkeys. Once a feisty female pecked me in the foot defending her brood of chicks, and most recently another chased me a good fifty yards before returning to and gathering up her chicks, which I had inadvertently scattered.

Once a feisty female pecked me in the foot defending her brood of chicks, and most recently another chased me a good fifty yards before returning to and gathering up her chicks, which I had inadvertently scattered. Another friend, a UPS driver, had a grouse routinely attack her big brown delivery truck at a stop in Shawano County, perhaps because it considered the brown truck competition, although its sense of scale was clearly out of whack. But then so is the sense of scale of a one-pound bird attacking a human.

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