I blame Randy Babb and Johnathan O’dell. Ever since hearing these two biologists talk about small game hunting and specifically grouse hunting in AZ, I’ve had the bug. So this past weekend while my wife was doing the baby shower thing, Jake and I headed up to the San Francisco Peaks to stretch our legs and see if we could find one of these elusive birds.
Long story short, we didn’t find any. We did quite a bit of walking and looking around and seemed to be in the right habitat. Truth be told though, after everything I read about dusky grouse in Arizona, my expectations were extremely low. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, as the San Francisco Peaks in September are about as heavenly as Arizona can get. I’ll be back again. This little trip did more to boost my curiosity about Arizona grouse hunting than anything else. Here are some pics from the day.