Grouse Numbers On the Rise?

Discussion in 'Upland Game hunting, Dogs and dog training' started by michiganhunter2001, May 1, 2018.

  1. michiganhunter2001

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    Been reading reports that the grouse population is just starting the upward swing of a 10 year cycle, according to the report the last "high" was in 2010 and it's been going down since then, until now.
     
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    Welcome to the site,I haven't heard but i hope your right.
     

  3. SWMbruiser

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    I don't believe that is totally correct. It is on the rise from what I recall but has been for a couple years. I believe it supposed to peak 2020

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    my numbers were up last year but woodcock were way down
     
  5. Luv2hunteup

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    Grouse were down in many areas last year due to all the moisture we had. This spring hasn’t been kind either. 30” of April snow isn’t helping. Lots of flooding has taken place in the last week due to snow melt.
     
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    Grouse numbers were down in almost all of the areas I hunted last year.
     
  7. Nostromo

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    They have to go up. They could get much lower for all the reasons luv2hunt mentioned.
     
  8. michiganhunter2001

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    They've been way down in my areas too the last few years, hope they start to go on the rise.

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    I know I spoke with a couple of DNR fellows that found the West Nile in the west UP last year. We had some quite decent numbers in a couple of our areas and then suddenly they were gone and I am concerned that we may have had some of that in Mid North MI that just has not been detected yet. Our birds would be eaten quickly by predators and not found.
     
  10. michiganhunter2001

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    The coyote numbers have been up so high lately it wouldn't surprise me if predation was the cause for the low numbers the last few years.

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    It was confirmed in Roscommon and Missaukee counties. We turned two dead juveniles we found before the season and both tested positive.
     
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    Avian predators are at an all time high. It’s hard not to see more of them than it is to see game birds.
     
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    Have 3 active drumming logs this spring. Just on my NLP 20 acres. Last year only one. So the population has trippled. LOL
     
  14. Trophy Specialist

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    Where I hunted last year (Delta, Marquette, Schoolcraft and Dickinson) numbers were down about 50%. In 2016 our flush rate was up about 50% form 2015. I did find signs of disease in birds in my area with several fresh, dead birds found in the woods and others that acted simi-tame. As for predators, I'm not sure about avian ones, but coyotes were at super low levels in the central U.P. last year due to distemper. I trap and predatory hunt, and have never seen so few yots. Wolves were also down noticeably.
     
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    I was in Marquette, and eastern Dickenson and found exactly what you report. I also saw no Moose or their tracks. Bear numbers were up slightly though.