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Old 04-27-2005, 05:43 PM
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Anybody do any grouse hunting with a 22 handgun in Western Washington? I was thinking of looking into it for this upcoming season. Sounds like fun and close to home too.

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Old 04-28-2005, 04:50 AM
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I carry a Browning Buck Mark for grouse sometimes. Most often I use a 28 guage though. You should do well on grouse in the Bremerton area.
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Old 04-28-2005, 08:39 AM
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I carry a Browning Buck Mark for grouse sometimes. Most often I use a 28 guage though. You should do well on grouse in the Bremerton area.
Dean,

Thanks for the info. I have not hunted in years and thought this would be a good way to get back into it. I picked up a copy of the upland game regulations but they don't go into leagal hunting areas or anything like that. Is there a place to find this information? I will check the Washington State web site.

I plan to use my Ruger Single Six and just go for fun. If I get any birds that would be a nice bonus.

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This years regulations won't be out for a few more days. Look for them in May. Generally Grouse season runs from Sept. 1st to December 31st.
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Old 04-28-2005, 08:17 PM
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[QUOTE=alde]Anybody do any grouse hunting with a 22 handgun in Western Washington? I was thinking of looking into it for this upcoming season. Sounds like fun and close to home too.

You and me live in the second most densely populated county in the state! Grouse exist in Kitsap but there are few if any safe and legal places to hunt. The area of National Forest around Quilcene holds grouse as well as the National Forest down at the head of Hood Canal. Lots of areas there starting by going over that spectacular high bridge over the Skokomish. Good luck. Ed
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Old 04-29-2005, 07:04 AM
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BigEd,

It's funny you should mention the high bridge over the Skokomish River. I was just over it for the first time last week. What a veiw from there.

When I said close to home these are the kind of distances I was talking about. Kitsap County is pretty much out of the question. So I could hunt with a 22 there? I did not shoot that day but did find some 22 shells in the dirt. Some bear tracks too .

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Old 04-30-2005, 12:57 PM
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Alde - Hope you don't mind input from an Easterner. I've used a Ruger 10-22 w/ a 4 power x 40mm scope specifically for grouse for years. works great, and really gets you practised up for using a similar, but larger caliber rig for deer season. Be sure to use hollow point bullets, as the solids will pass through, and the bird can get away and die unretrieved. I aim for the lower neck in order to get a bigger target than the head and still not ruin any meat. Do not take body shots. Tons of fun, I think. Go for it.
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Old 05-01-2005, 12:12 AM
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Grouse Hunting in Washington.

I used to hunt grouse East of Bellingham up in the Mt. Baker area. For years I packed a Ruger Single-Six and put several in the stew pot. If you are hunting up there I would check with Crown as you used to be able to get a Key and permit to hunt behind there locked gates where you had alot less compition from outher hunters. Do keep an eye out for cats as they are plentiful up there and I have been stocked, a rather unpleasent feeling with just a .22. If you get a couple I would be interested in buying some feathers for fly tying.

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Old 05-02-2005, 09:48 AM
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Thanks for the great advice everbody. I am looking forward to giving it a try. Still plenty of time to scout out some places and figure things out.

Leon, If I get any you can have all the feathers you want. I will let you know. I would not depend on me though. I will be very lucky if I get a bird at all . I will keep an eye out for the big cats too.
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Old 05-03-2005, 07:09 AM
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I used to shoot grouse and pheasants with a 22 rifle years ago ! I don't think it is legal where i live now ! But have to check rules ! They taste better without bird shot in them ! Which if my history is right is how Annie Oakly got known to the world ! I have shot smaller birds with a 22rimfire pistol and they hopped away at 30 feet until i shot them a few more times ! Use a .22 rifle and hollow points or a flat nose bullets ! JAGG
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I used to hunt grouse East of Bellingham up in the Mt. Baker area. For years I packed a Ruger Single-Six and put several in the stew pot. If you are hunting up there I would check with Crown as you used to be able to get a Key and permit to hunt behind there locked gates where you had alot less compition from outher hunters. Do keep an eye out for cats as they are plentiful up there and I have been stocked, a rather unpleasent feeling with just a .22. If you get a couple I would be interested in buying some feathers for fly tying.

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I hunt grouse on the S.E side of Baker. Between the mountain and Baker Lake. The Swift Creek trail is good. Some cats in there though along with bear. Use a Ruger SP-101 n .22lr. Used to go just above the hot springs, but everybody in the world knows about that place now. Lots of problems with "tweakers" in there now. The other side of Baker Lake, driving accross the dam and up to the Watson lakes area is good. Also the area past Schribers Meadows cut-off is good once you get past the gate at the elk calving area. Jeff.
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Old 05-07-2005, 06:49 PM
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Problem for me is that I have a buddy with a great pheasant dog (GSR). We usually chase Blue Grouse a time or two in the Snowy Range West of Laramie each Fall. He is a shotgun guy through and through. But I feel certain we would bag more grouse with .22LR. scoped rifles.

I may have to sneak off and collect a few on solo trips this year. Agree that not having to tiptoe around #8 shot at the dinner table would be a plus.
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GREAT thread and perfect timing as I was wondering the same thing. We've always has a .410 in camp for them but I don't usually see them at camp. I'm not crazy about shooting them with my hunting rifle and don't want to carry both.

I did read in this year's big game regs that Forest Grouse can be legally taken with rifle or pistol. The 24 cal minimum is a little confusing but I'm assuming that's for big game. I'll check to make sure though.

A single six would be the perfect compliment/alternative to the deer rifle for grouse.
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where is a good place close to shelton? I just moved up here and don't know my way around real well. is there some where cose to town (15min) that I can drive my car down the logging roads. where is this place by the skok. yall speak of???
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Old 09-12-2005, 09:14 PM
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Idaho allows rifles for grouse hunting as well. .22 handguns are great, but then so are very light cast bullet loads for the big game rifles when regulated to shoot to point of aim at 25 to 50 yards. We use either light cast bullets or round-balls for grouse loads.

115g FNPB cast for the .30 caliber rifles
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.375" lead round balls for .375 calibers
.435" lead round balls for .44 calibers
.457" lead round balls for .45 Rifle calibers

Fun stuff! And another load to develop for the hunting rifles.

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Old 09-22-2005, 09:53 AM
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where is a good place close to shelton? I just moved up here and don't know my way around real well. is there some where cose to town (15min) that I can drive my car down the logging roads. where is this place by the skok. yall speak of???
Squiggy, There is really nothing within 15 minutes of us (I am in Bremerton) but 45 minutes or so drive will get you to some decent places. You might want to scout around the base of the Hood Canal on the west side. There is some National Forest land that should be decent. This is were you will find the Skokomish River and the high bridge. I was going to wait until we had some rain before I give it a try.

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Old 10-08-2005, 04:47 PM
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Squiggy, There is really nothing within 15 minutes of us (I am in Bremerton) but 45 minutes or so drive will get you to some decent places. You might want to scout around the base of the Hood Canal on the west side. There is some National Forest land that should be decent. This is were you will find the Skokomish River and the high bridge. I was going to wait until we had some rain before I give it a try.

Al
I have seen quite a few grouse around the "High Bridge" area, and if it's rain you've been waiting on, this may be a good week coming up.

Grouse are funny little fellers in the sense that the first few days of rain you can't find 'em to save you....after that, they seem to pop up everywhere. And, this coming week is looking look! I esxpect to be on the headwaters of "Skoke" come Wed. of next week.

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this is an old thread but it is very interesting, i have taken grouse with .22 lr .410 shotgun and 30-30 (head shot) the first time i shot a grouse with my .22 i was 10 and i took a body shot, never found the bird, felt bad, so now i only take head/neck shots as body shots with a .22 seem to waste meat and make retrieval very difficult.
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Some say it's better to be lucky than good. I would agree. I have taken two grouse, both while deer hunting. One was at about 20 yards with a full-rifled scoped 870 12 gauge and the other was with a 35 Remington at about 15 yards. Both times I put the cross-hairs on top of the birds head, figuring I would take the head off or miss clean. I know I'm not that good a shot, but I got lucky both times. Both birds looked like they came out of the Tyson or Purdue wrapper after cleaning. Nice to not have lead in your mouth!! Aim small and the .22 will do fine.
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