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Spruce Grouse Hunting
Spruce Grouse are found mostly throughout Canada. The male Spruce Grouse have a black throat and is covered with black-tipped white feathers, while females are browner in color. Spruce Grouse are closely related to the Blue Grouse and Ruffed Grouse, growing up to a foot and a half in length and up to a pound and a half in weight. These polygamous birds are often referred to as “fool hen” because they refuse to flush and sit tight in trees instead.
Spruce Grouse roost mostly in coniferous regions, but they can flourish in areas with deciduous tress. Similar to the Blue Grouse, they can survive on only needles and buds, but they will also eat berries.
Spruce Grouse are found along roads and in the breaks of forests; however, during the winter they stay in the trees most of the time. When out of the trees they are usually feeding on berries or gathering gravel to help with digestion. When Spruce Grouse are in the tree it is very hard to see them.
Although these birds can be rather stupid, Spruce Grouse have a longer life span that almost all other upland birds. The population of the Spruce Grouse is made up of almost all adult birds. These birds are best to hunt with a close working dog because a dog can push the birds easily into the treetops, making your chance for a shot near impossible.
A 12 or 20-gauge shotgun with improved cylinder and modified chokes is the best bet when hunting spruces and most hunters prefer to use size 6 or 7 1/2 shot.