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tree. I made a plan to zigzag up the hill tree and no grouse flushed. I began to
through the grapevines to the hem- doubt that a grouse was smart enough
lock where, according to the author's to seek shelter in a hemlock tree durnarrative, I expected to find a grouse ing a snowstorm. I circled the tree to
start the long walk back down the hill
roosting.
I put on my hunting clothes and toward home when suddenly a grouse
picked up my 16-gauge double. Like exploded out of the limbs and snow
most old double shotguns it had tight above me. Luckily, I was still watchchokes, which are not ideal for hunting ing the tree when it flushed and as the
grouse in heavy cover. My father, who grouse cleared the branches into the
had been quietly watching my prepa- open woods, I swung the Ithaca past
it and squeezed the
rations, finally spoke
up when he saw the My first grouse was front trigger, firing
the right barrel. The
gun I was taking. He
sound of the shot was
offered me his Ithaca perfect - the color
muffled by the close
double. Previously he of late fall in the
surroundings, but the
had a gunsmith open
mountain.
grouse tumbled to the
the right barrel choke
ground, disappearing
so it would pattern
better at close range. I gladly switched into the snow.
I gently picked the bird out of the
guns and headed across the field past
the cows, feeling confident with my snow and admired its beautiful colors.
new knowledge of grouse and having My first grouse was perfect - the color
a proper shotgun to hunt them.
of late fall in the mountain. It was the
Reaching the woods the snow was first time I actually held a grouse. It
even deeper than I had expected, and was bigger and weighed more than I
it took longer than usual to reach had expected. I closely examined the
the clearcut. I thought about turning cream-colored feathers of its underside
back but decided to make one trip up and the black ruffs on its neck that give
the hill to check the hemlock tree. I it its name. I didn't place it in my game
worked my way up and across the side bag. I carried it so I could continue
of the hill through the grapevines. The to admire it while I walked home. I
snow limited visibility but made it pos- unloaded my shotgun and started for
sible to walk very quietly. I didn't see home, anxious to show my parents the
any grouse in the grapevines, but the handsome bird and tell them the story.
hemlock tree was somewhere ahead so I never thought about trying to locate
I was confident the hunt wasn't going a second bird to fill my limit. The hunt
to be in vain.
had been perfect and one was enough.
I was 30 yards away from the hemI enjoy being on the mountain in
lock tree when I spotted it through the the winter among the snow-laden hemgrapevines. As I approached I focused locks, to breathe in the frigid air and
my attention on the limbs, watching cross the small creeks filled with clear,
intently for movement that might icy water. It's the solitude that calls me
indicate a roosted grouse. I was disap- back every year, and the silence of the
pointed when I reached the base of the winter woods.
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