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Grouse and Quail in north oregon

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by MasterDisaster, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. MasterDisaster

    MasterDisaster Hillsboro, OR Member

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    I'm wondering if anyone knows a decent place to hunt upland game bird that isnt too crazy far from portland oregon. I live in Hillsboro and was thinking the coastal range might work, but have no idea if bird populations are decent for hunting. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have land on the Olympic Peninsula North of you and have never seen quail and the Ruffed Grouse I have seen and or shot are pretty small but out there. Often they will just land in a low tree and sit there
     
  3. nwwoodsman

    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Find a logging road in around outside of Banks or Timber and start walking. Up 26 towards the coast has a lot of state land you can hunt. Lot's of grouse thumping around tonight when I was out deer hunting. Good time to find them
     
  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Grouse thunder like that as a mating call on fallen trees and such.. that may lead you to a tom or maybe not
     
  5. MasterDisaster

    MasterDisaster Hillsboro, OR Member

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    I saw a ton of them while elk hunting this week near crater lake, though unfortunately we saw no elk. Got me thinking about bird hunting though. Would love to just head west on 26 until the coastal range but I'm not sure if there is any upland game bird there.
     
  6. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    If I may be so bold to ask, whereabouts near Crater Lake? (more or less - most folks don't want to give away actual hot spots)
     
  7. MasterDisaster

    MasterDisaster Hillsboro, OR Member

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    We were about 7-10 miles north of Prospect. We headed east on the forest roads and camped about 5 miles west of the park boundary. Yeah, there were quite a few grouse hanging out of the roads we walked. Big ones too.
     
  8. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Look for brushy, treed hillsides and slowly walk up them. You better be fast :cool:
     
  9. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    Don't know if we'll ever get down there, but thanks - owe ya a beer!