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View Poll Results: Grouse hunt on deer opening weekend
Hunt it 12 70.59%
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Old 10-16-2020, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, my boys have been begging me to take them grouse hunting, I told them I would take them this Sunday and just realized its the rifle deer opening weekend. I know, it's public lands and I can use them as I wish, but should I?

The unit I grouse hunt is a crap deer unit and the spot I hunt them people aren't hunting deer.. Just don't want to take my boys out and have people get pissed and start stuff, if I'm by myself it doesn't bother me but I don't want my boys to experience anything negative with hunting.

Should I just hit the extended range?
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Old 10-16-2020, 08:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't see any problem doing it mid day when most hunters are back in camp.

Or look around and if there are no orange pumpkins sitting around then go for it.

Just remember to deck them out in some orange.
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Just go. People have been hunting grouse since the first of September. It is not like the deer haven't been bumped by archery and muzzy deer hunters already not to mention elk hunters.

And by Sunday 2/3 of the hunters will be off the mountain.
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Thanks for the input guys
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Old 10-22-2020, 11:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm not one to like to tiptoe around deer hunting...
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If there's deer hunters in the area, i'll just go somewhere else. They got more riding on the tag they had to put in for, and less time to do it in. That's just me though.
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Back in my younger days we would send the kids through the thick stuff with their shotguns to chase the deer out of it and into our view.


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My concern would be whizzing bullets from trigger happy deer hunters that don't look be on their target. not me intruding on the deer hunters. especially at Eli & Dairy ridge and Curtis creek road where I usually Grouse hunt.

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I wouldn't hesitate--take your boys hunting! There is a lot to be said for having bodies out pushing the hills in the mid morning to mid afternoon that HELPS deer hunters see more deer.

Then do the classic cruise/stroll down the gravel roads first light and last light. Any deer hunter that complains about grouse hunters road hunting is a moron IMO.
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I wouldn't hesitate--take your boys hunting! There is a lot to be said for having bodies out pushing the hills in the mid morning to mid afternoon that HELPS deer hunters see more deer.

Then do the classic cruise/stroll down the gravel roads first light and last light. Any deer hunter that complains about grouse hunters road hunting is a moron IMO.

My thoughts exactly! So I took him out, he’s normally a little billy but not this time, we’ve all been fighting the cold, he just couldn’t power through so we called it short
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