Revering column: It's an up year in the cycle of the ruffed grouse
All hunters have heard of the mysterious cycles involved in the abundance or the scarcity of the numbers of ruffed grouse. Now in 2008, we are definitely on the up cycle and we'll have some pretty good hunting of this grand upland bird. Last year was pretty fair hereabouts too, and the peak in numbers has been estimated to be two seasons ahead, perhaps 2010. So this may be the year when you should shoulder that light, small gauge shotgun and follow your flushing dogs into the under-brush.
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