As far as I know they didn't....I'm wondering where they pulled that data from. Could possibly be some student research or another organization. Looks like the E. UP had grouse and woodcock data...Sounds good if you hunt the Eastern U.P.
I wonder who collected that data? I didn't think the MDNR had any money budgeted to run the drumming survey.
I looked at my records this morning and you are right Fred it was '04 that was my worst for grouse flushes. '05 was nothing to write home about. I doubt I'm going to see the flush rates at the top of the current cycle that I had in '98-'00. In '06 had the highest number of flushes on woodcock that I've had in several years though.'05 was the bottom of the cycle and the worst season I've had in 38 years. Flush rates will increase every year until '09- '10 then starts the decline.
Don't worry I'm not gonna tell you I told you so.This is interesting, I just received my Grouse Tales newsletter and Ken is reporting Michigan drumming survey data from 2008.
Up 21% statewide from 2006 as no data was run in 2007 due to budget constraints. The lower northern (Zone 2) shows a slight decrease but the Upper (Zone 1) shows a HUGE increase going from 11.2 to 17.32 drums per route in 2008.
Sounds like spending gas money getting to the Yoop will be worth it this Fall.
What's interesting is not the increase in numbers, we all know we are trending upward in the cycle right now, but rather where did tha data come from?Don't worry I'm not gonna tell you I told you so.
That is MY crackpot theory, thank-you very much...but you are welcome to it.I think the Michigan peak will be in '10 or '11. We'll have to see a decline in Minnesota before the peak arrives here in Michigan.