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Old 10-14-2019, 08:56 PM
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I've had my dog out a couple times and it seems like numbers are down from past years
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:10 PM
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We have been seeing good numbers in my areas this year.

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Old 10-15-2019, 05:33 AM
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Got a few more over the weekend checking game cams.....better than turkey!...or a tin of spam
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:59 AM
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wandering in 406 left me feeling that Spruce populations are up, and ruffs are down --- at least in my normal hunting areas. YMMV
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:48 PM
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Spent the weekend camping in 318

First day out ended with 3 ruffies
Second day out Managed 2 sprucies

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Old 10-16-2019, 08:44 AM
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Limits every weekend so far
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:06 PM
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The grouse population in central Alberta is the lowest I have ever seen. According to my GPS I have put on 107 KM walking in what used to be prime habitat and have only seen 3 birds from a distance. Its very possible that it was the same bird spotted 3 times on different trips.
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Old 10-17-2019, 03:11 PM
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The grouse population in central Alberta is the lowest I have ever seen. According to my GPS I have put on 107 KM walking in what used to be prime habitat and have only seen 3 birds from a distance. Its very possible that it was the same bird spotted 3 times on different trips.
Agreed, in my area of east central Alberta, ruffle populations are practically nonexistent, and it I havenít seen a covey of huns yet this fall. Why they have an extended season around here is completely beyond me?

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Old 10-17-2019, 03:49 PM
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With the limited hunting I've done this year in 521 have been seeing many many grouse will be pulling the 410 out next week

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Old 10-17-2019, 07:50 PM
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What I donít get is that here central Alberta we have more Specklebelly geese than you can imagine, and the limit is only 5 per day, but we have virtually no upland game, and yet there is an extended season. Donít ask me why?
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:06 PM
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What I donít get is that here central Alberta we have more Specklebelly geese than you can imagine, and the limit is only 5 per day, but we have virtually no upland game, and yet there is an extended season. Donít ask me why?
Migratory waterfowl limits are established under an international treaty. Upland gamebirds are very cyclical and hunting doesn't seem to have as much of an impact on them as predators, weather, habitat etc. That said I was happy to see the limits dropped from 10 to 5 on ruffies.
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:07 PM
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Yeah for sure. If there are none around and you cant shoot 5 why would you shoot 10?
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:18 PM
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348 seemed fairly good. After a morning sit for Elk on Wednesday, I took 3 with the bow in less than a 1 km walk back to my truck. They sure were tasty in a stir fry tonight.
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Old 10-18-2019, 11:25 PM
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Seen a lot of spruce today, a couple of ruffies and even a pair of sharptails.
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:56 PM
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My better half and I spent the morning out around the open creek area west of Rimbey, Charley the dog put in lots of time and we only put up one mature bird that will live to drum another day. I would guess the wet spring has had a diverse affect on the hatch for the 2019 season. All the same it was nice to get out on such a beautiful fall day. David.
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:29 PM
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didn't seen any on a recent trip in 316
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:23 PM
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Agreed, in my area of east central Alberta, ruffle populations are practically nonexistent, and it I havenít seen a covey of huns yet this fall. Why they have an extended season around here is completely beyond me?
If you don't agree with the extended season do your part and don't utilize it. Stay at home...sell your shotguns. I enjoy the extra 6 weeks out there immensely. Does it mean all the serious upland hunters are bagging an extra 200 birds per season? Absolutely not. Some of us are conservatively minded and 1 single wingshot is all that is needed to call the outing a complete success. Get a dog, there's plenty of birds to be hunted in east central Alberta.
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Old 10-20-2019, 12:56 AM
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last year out here count was 141 seen

this year 82

hunting different zone too

it was a wet year here though and saw a second clutch of Sharp-tail

the clutch size is down too on the Ruffed (some didn't make it)

but then you have a 20 bird day (seen)

they are just coming to the edges

just beautiful too get out enjoy everyone

upland hunting has a special place in our hearts

get out and have fun fun fun


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Old 10-20-2019, 06:44 PM
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Seem to be seeing more smaller or juvenile birds this season ,Wonder if it was a late hatch or just luck of the draw.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:27 AM
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Tons in the Wabasca area. Limited on ruffies every day. Big and healthy birds too.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:10 AM
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Was out yesterday, saw 12, got 2. Those other 10 were ninjas in disguise.
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:09 PM
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I have been out twice in the Hinton area this fall and I have not seen one yet.
Ive probably seen 2-3 a day just out past Hinton but far less then last year
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