A bird in hand is better than two in the field
Sunday, October 14th, 2012
For me bow hunting provides the rare opportunity to get out and hunt before most people have had a chance to alert the wildlife that hunting season is upon us. It’s peaceful, quiet, serene, and above all else untouched.
On a recent outing I was given the show of a lifetime by two seemingly undisturbed ruffed grouse. Somewhere in between sunrise, and my stomach demanding I leave my tree stand for breakfast, I watched two grouse fly down from their roost and charge towards each other from a hundred yards away. On the forest floor they began to reenact a dance scene reminiscent of the dancing mushrooms in Disney’s Fantasia.
Amidst their strutting, clucks, and purrs I was able to climb down from my stand and sneak extremely close to their show. I was literally ten feet away from them, filming with my cell phone in awe of their beauty. It was then that my hunter/gatherer instincts kicked in. I have never shot a grouse before in my life, granted I have taken more than my fare share of shots at them. This was the closest I had ever been to one so I knew I had to “try” the impossible.
I slowly set my bow down and like a bobcat I slinked in on the two inching myself closer. Once I was five feet away I pounced. To my surprise in my hands was a grouse. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. With my heart beating through my chest in excitement all I could think of is “could I take a deer this way?”