How to hunt grouse on a Lek
Hunting has always been a exciting pastime for real men, which demanded courage and good physical training. In addition, it is also a serious test of cunning, skill and dexterity. For hunting you need a good knowledge of the forest and its inhabitants, as well as patience. A few centuries ago, hunting was the main occupation, whereby they could get food. Nowadays, however, most varieties of hunting, can be attributed rather to the activities of sports and entertainment, during which the production is still crucial. Hunting for grouse is a species of hunting, which has always been popular in Russia. Production or trophy from this hunt pretty significant, because the grouse, the bird is big enough. Meat of grouse has always been considered a delicacy and was highly esteemed in the days of Imperial feasts and the feasts. Hunting for this bird in the pheasant family, very simple and quite specific. However, anyone who has ever took part in it, with the big share of probability will want to repeat the experience.
Spring hunting for grouse, displaying on the currents could be the most exhilarating hunting for the novice and experienced hunter. This old, but is very popular in our days extraction method based on the STO-len display of birds can be impressive for any hunter who will have the opportunity to see pictures of spring nature awakening after the long and harsh winter monotony.
Grouse rather large bird that tends to settle in the pine forests or mixed forests with admixture of pine. The bird is very cautious, has acute hearing and excellent vision. However, she has one feature for which it got its name. With the onset of early spring, capercaillie mating season begins, during which the male grouse begin displaying in order to attract the attention of females during mating season. Males of enormous size take to the trees or walk on land, specifically dancing. At this time, all the males of the capercaillie Lek, that is, give a series of low clicking sounds, the rate of which increases gradually and ends abruptly. Birds are so fond of this process is that during mating, grouse become just deaf, sees nothing and hears around him.
In late winter, hunters begin steps to find currents. Birds that begin to get out to feed for the next pine or fly down from the trees in the snow leave the characteristic traces of the paws or wings, and traces of manure. Your interpretation of the birds start gathering for the first snow and you can continue as long as the forest appears first leaves. Grouse gather for mating even at the evening sunset, however, disturb them at this time of day is not recommended. In the evening the hunter can only determine the place of courtship, in order to have enough time to prepare for the morning hunt.
To begin hunting for the courtship display of the capercaillie it is best before dawn. For a pre-determined place even in the dark and listen to and sing when the bird that you can hear from a distance of 200-300 steps. In most cases grouse Lek on the pines, sitting in the middle of the tree. Finding the bird do not rush out and immediately make a shot. In order to get to the grouse probably better to wait for brighten and the target will be visible even more clearly. Also the current is very active in terms of quiet and not very frosty weather.
In the process of hunting you should always strive to come as close as possible to the grouse. This will help to eliminate the possibility of error. After all, in the dark forest, the place of the alleged birds may be the usual nest or bower. In addition, the shot fired from a distance of more than 35 meters, may cause the loss of the trophy. The bullet just does not reach the target because of the branches and not to cause any damage to the grouse, which is quite resistant to injuries. The basic rule of any hunter grouse is the phrase – come to the song, aim for the song and shoot the song. It was under such circumstances, you can repeat the shot in case of a miss or error. Thus, it is possible to say that the main difficult task is not a process of firing current, and the process of theft. Because to get a bird of this size as a grouse, will not be easy, even a novice hunter. Grouse is very much linked to the selected at least one time of their mating and they can be loyal to him for decades. That is why experts do not recommend to shoot on one of the current more than 20-30% of the birds in one season.