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By Mark Parman

''There are varieties of searching: traditional looking, and ruffed-grouse hunting.''—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac

 

Like that past grouse hunter Aldo Leopold, Mark Parman takes to the woods whilst the aspens are smoky gold. the following, in an evocative almanac that chronicles the early season of the grouse hunt via its result in the snows of January, Parman follows his puppy in the course of the altering timber and foliage, thrills to the surprising flush of thrashing wings, and holds a fowl in hand, grateful for the meal it is going to supply. Distilling twenty seasons of grouse looking into those essays, he writes of previous canine and gun lust, hide and transparent slicing, weather switch, partners female and male, flora and fauna artwork, and stumps. A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac delves into the brain of a hunter, exploring the Northwoods with an eye fixed for greater than simply game.

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Thousands of points and years later, the magic of the point still thrills me, and, although Dan was rather nonchalant about Ox’s first point of a wild bird, he seemed equally pleased. Ox pointed two more woodcock, but later, farther down the river, he bumped a skittish grouse. Then another grouse vaulted from the tags directly overhead, and we jumped, it flushed so close. Ox 41 In time Ox would learn to handle these wary birds. Regardless of the bump, I was pleased with his performance. As we were driving away from the river, Dan suggested that I run Ox in an upcoming local field trial.

The trajectory of a grouse flushing through the woods is inconsistent because while fleeing predators it must dodge trees and brush. Of all upland birds, the ruffed grouse is perhaps the most difficult to hit due to these gunning conditions. In hand a ruffed grouse loses all the wildness that is so captivating, but it still retains a beauty, reminding me that nature is a good thing. Weighing between a pound and a pound and a half, the ruffed grouse, like just about every game bird except the pheasant, combines hundreds of earthy colors and shades not thought possible when seeing the bird from afar or on the page of a field guide.

Magazines publish articles about it, university professors research and write about it, and biologists present their findings at conferences. Every September our local paper runs the same annual article about it, and still we know so little about it—the Cycle, the mystifying fluctuation of the ruffed grouse population that runs its course roughly every decade, crashing headlong from a high to a low sometimes in just one season. The ruffed grouse population cycle has been called one of the last great mysteries in wildlife management, and biologists have tried to explain this phenomenon with numerous theories, some plausible, others downright flaky.

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