Today, I went grouse hunting in the Virginia and West Virginia mountains with friends Paul Hinlicky and Andy Rosenberger. My reflexes and wingshooting skills are terrible and anyone who has ever gone bird hunting with me can attest to that condition.
Which is one of the reasons I enjoy going grouse hunting in January and February after the deer and turkey seasons have closed. We experienced
Later, I told Paul how I needed for a bird to act when it flushed.
"A grouse would need to rise up and fly directly away from me in a straight line at an even height for about four seconds, then I might have a chance."
Of course, ruffs don't fly like that, but, nevertheless, I had a great time in the mountains today.