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Grouse hunting

The sounds made by the singing bird are unusual, they resemble the song a little, but they are pleasant and fill the forest hut with blissful joy. This miraculous sound has come down to us from the depths of the ages, it acts magically, touches poetic strings in our souls, from the vibrations of which the heart happily knocks. The song of the grouse is an enthusiastic hymn to the spring, warmth, sun, love. The soloist silences us, stands still, forgets about everything in the world and listens with bated breath. Seeing such a wonder, you want to believe in a fairy tale and listen again and again …

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The grouse hunt The grouse hunt for current
My grandfather in his youth was an avid hunter: he went to the moose, and to the boar, and the bird. And instead of bedtime stories, he told us, already grown-up grandchildren, stories about a successful hunt. It seems that hunting for wood-grouse is not for you to go for a bear, lurking and shoot, but everything is not so simple. “The wood-beaver habits need to be known,” said the grandfather: “And what’s the use of shooting into empty air?”

It was near the grandfather’s village of a large moss swamp mixed with a high forest. On the outskirts of the very swamp, they chose the place for the wood-grouse, but only to get there was very difficult: at the end of March – the beginning of April, the current begins, and the places of the wood-grouse are chosen away from human habitation.

My grandfather, who had been hunting with his father since his childhood, knew about the whereabouts of the tokovische, and before the hunt, went out on reconnaissance, called “eavesdropping.” He quietly stepped up to the tokovischu, took refuge better and waited for the heavy beats of his wings to be heard and the wood grouses would spread on the trees. From the noise made by the beating of wood-grouse wings, the grandfather managed to determine almost the exact number of birds. Shooting during the “eavesdropping” is strictly forbidden, so as not to spoil the hunt for the next couple of weeks, the grouse – the bird is very careful.

The hunt began early in the morning, and even after dark, the grandfather and his father, as quietly as possible, went up to the tokovisch and, for 150-200 meters, stopped from him, waiting for the current to begin. “And the song of the wood-grouse is wonderful,” said the grandfather: “Then he clicks, then he“ shrugs, ”and he starts singing in the trees, and then he comes down to the ground to his deaf woods. Snooty they, wood-grouse, everybody strives to fight among themselves. ” Clicking, the wood-grouse keeps his ear open, and then, starting to “jerk”, stalls so that the sound of a shot may not be heard. You need to shoot under the “skirkane”, under the “deaf” song. According to the stories of his grandfather, the most difficult thing is to skillfully use the short period of “skirkania” and get close to the grouse at a distance of a sure shot.

My grandfather collected a lot of trophies in his life, but for some reason he always liked to talk about the grouse hunt, said that the bird was painfully beautiful, and indeed the hunt for it was very interesting for him.

Current Shooting Technique
To strive to come as close as possible to the singing grouse is always necessary.

First, it will eliminate the error in the definition, the wood-grouse in front of you or this simple interlacing of branches, the old nest, etc. Mistake can be easy, despite the large size of the bird.

Secondly, a shot at a distance of more than 35 m through the branches of the grouse, which is quite strong on the wound, can simply lead to the loss of a trophy. It is difficult to determine the distance at dusk in the early morning. The wood-grouse sings most often on a pine or a fir-tree, less often on an aspen and even less often on a birch. In the dark, he sits without moving, and a little dawn, begins to walk on a bitch or turns in one place. You should not shoot if the grouse is seen badly. It is better to go around three times under the song around the tree. It is also necessary to look at the wood-grouse during his song, because the bird is moving at this time and is easier to notice; in addition, at close range, even the lightest noise made by a hunter can scare a cautious rooster.

For a successful shot, it is necessary to remember the basic rule of any grouse: to match a song, aim at a song and shoot at a song. In this case, if the hunter missed or made a mistake, you can repeat the shot. This rule can not be followed if another grouse sings alongside, which you also intend to mine, then you have to shoot to the song of your neighbor.

It turns out that the complexity is basically a concealment, and not the shooting itself on the current. Indeed, to get into such a large bird as a wood-grouse, sitting quietly, is not difficult. But there are always different ifs. It is not always possible to get close to a sure shot to a grouse. Often this is hampered by features of the area in the form of insurmountable obstacles.

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