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Five minutes into our stride, a gray,
blown-over stump came into view.
It was the only cover for 50 yards.
As I approached within 10 yards, I
stared intently into the dark shadows
underneath, trying to piece together the
blacks, browns and whites of a ruffed
grouse.
Another step, and I perceived movement, followed by the sound of wings
fighting for altitude.
I brought the walnut gunstock to
my cheek and slid the safety off in one
motion. I swung in front of the bird and
squeezed the trigger, keeping a short, but
solid, lead.

LESSONS LEARNED
Up to this point, I had done this
exactly seven other times, and had nothing to show for it but a mound of empty
hulls.
2 0

You see, this year was the first year I
had hunted grouse since I was 13, when
I convinced Dad to give it a try on North
Mountain above the Cumberland Valley.
My first encounter with the "old drummer" was quite an education.
Dad and I worked our way through
a 15-year-old clearcut, enjoying a cool
October morning together.
On the road up the ridge, a grouse had
scampered out in front of the truck and
stood there, until I walked up to within
15 feet of it to scare it off the road.
If this is how grouse are, we'll have a
limit in short order, I thought.
Wrong.
The first time a bird got up it scared the
heck out of me. After four more similar
episodes, I think I finally started to shoot
out of self-defense, and did nothing more
than hasten the grouse on its way.
After that hunt, I left the grouse to its



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