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Ruffie Forecast
« on: August 25, 2013, 08:42:46 PM »
What's everybody's prognoses on the ruffie population around the province this year.. I haven't been in the outback for a while but I know close around home I am not seeing many or any as far as that goes.. Only a few more days and we can get after those succulent little birds.

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2013, 08:49:27 PM »
Not seeing many around here either..

The last few years have been really skimpy for birds here also. :(

btw...The opener is 5 days before my days off...grrrr

All the dumb birds will be shot off by then...lo

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 08:52:49 PM »
Saw a few in the northwest 300's lately.  I think it will be alright there.  Ruffies seem to be good at hiding out early in the year.
I am going to be hunting them and scouting for pretty much the whole early season.
.22 is sighted in deadly already.
I think I see a rip in the social fabric, Brother can you spare some ammo?
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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2013, 09:09:05 AM »

I have been out scouting and putting out trail cameras for deer a fair bit lately and have not seen a grouse.  (around Rocky)

In the spring when I was shed hunting I heard a few drumming.

I have a calf moose draw in 510 so I will be spending some time up there and last year they had a fair number of grouse. I'm told.

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2013, 03:15:06 PM »
Last year we did a little hunting north of High Level and the Grouse populations were doing excellent.  We also seen quite a few in 302 and 305 and managed to get a few meals for the family.

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2013, 03:24:15 PM »
Got to look in the berry patches this time of year boys..

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2013, 07:45:16 AM »
Been out around Rocky hunting grouse last few days ended up seeing close to 20 birds only one on the road.  Of course I run the world’s best bird dog so I have a unfair advantage over most.  What was discerning all the birds the dog and I found were mature birds have not seen any first year birds.   Being this early and so hot it can only get better come October.

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2013, 08:01:27 AM »

I haven't actually been hunting for grouse except for about the three min. after I saw one on the road side.  I got out and shot two, an adult and one of this years brood. 

But the good news is my dog who is a raw rookie who was gun shy up, until recently, retrieved one of them for me and showed a lot of enthusiasm to go look for some more.  She is a lab/setter cross and retrieve a ball like crazy and will retrieve from water.

Jimmy did you go to the liquidation auction for "Timber Creek" on Saturday?




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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2013, 08:03:10 AM »
A buddy and I shot 7 of them on Saturday while we were out scouting.  It will only get better.
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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2013, 09:04:17 AM »
I haven't actually been hunting for grouse except for about the three min. after I saw one on the road side.  I got out and shot two, an adult and one of this years brood. 

But the good news is my dog who is a raw rookie who was gun shy up, until recently, retrieved one of them for me and showed a lot of enthusiasm to go look for some more.  She is a lab/setter cross and retrieve a ball like crazy and will retrieve from water.

Jimmy did you go to the liquidation auction for "Timber Creek" on Saturday?

Good looking do you have there.
 I have a English pointer coming this coming spring from Wisconsin my GSP is 7 so it’s time for a fresh dog.

  I didn’t make it to the sale I had intentions to go but honestly as you know that store struggled for whatever reason there really wasn’t much there I would have been interested in.  It is too bad I did support him whenever I could but man he made it tough to spend money in there. 
How about you did you make it?       

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2013, 09:04:43 AM »
Saw a few on the cranberries yesterday. My son managed a couple within his bow. He was pretty stoked.....first blood as a bowhunter.

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2013, 09:12:44 AM »
Saw a few on the cranberries yesterday. My son managed a couple within his bow. He was pretty stoked.....first blood as a bowhunter.

Are cranberries the little red berries with about three on the same stem?       

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2013, 04:38:42 PM »
We always called those, "bunchberries".  Which could be right, or wrong.  If you just search for wild cranberries there's lot's of pictures of them.

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 07:27:15 PM »

The trouble with "common names" is different people call things differently and so it is hard to communicate to others, what berries the grouse are eating.

There is a low creeping berry usually called bear berry that grouse eat a fair bit.



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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2013, 09:41:16 PM »
Are cranberries the little red berries with about three on the same stem?       

These are what I always have know as low bush cranberries in Alberta. They are apparently Lingonberries AKA dry-ground cranberries (Vaccinium Vitisidaea).

http://zoneonegarden.blogspot.ca/2008/09/northern-saskatchewan-wild-berries-and.html


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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2013, 09:07:59 AM »
Two years ago the ruffie pop exploded over here in Sk. but I haven't seen alot of them since.

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2013, 06:03:40 PM »
Sure hope to get out tomorrow evening and have a look around here.

walleyes

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2013, 06:41:10 PM »
Couldn't make it out,, Sam could not get away from football practice,, maybe this weekend, darn it..

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2013, 09:08:38 PM »
Sam and I made it out this afternoon, hit some nice country that should of held some ruffies but no go.. Only saw a couple Spruce Hens that we passed on but no Ruffs.. Oh well it's early another month and it will be better,, I hope..

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Re: Ruffie Forecast
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2013, 07:34:50 AM »
Still not seeing many birds but getting a few.  Yesterday was out checking trail cams with my daughter and she murdered one after firing one warning shot.

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