How to hunt grouse on the pebbles and Penates,the behavior of hunters,the choice of place and weapons
Capercaillie is a very large bird, very popular among hunters. Quite often found in the forests of our country. Habitats it is the glades of coniferous forests, marshes with a variety of bushes and berries that grouse with pleasure enjoying.
Leads a sedentary life, flying with difficulty, noisily flapping their wings, most of the day spends on the ground in search of food at night settles on the branches of trees. Despite its name the bird is very sensitive and careful, has excellent eyesight and acute hearing, making the hunt for him is not an easy task.
But knowing the habits of this bird, you will certainly achieve success and return from the hunt empty-handed. Consider two types of hunting for grouse in the autumn, based on knowledge of his habits.
First, the so-called hunt on the pebbles. The fact that the digestive system of grouse has one feature. They need small pebbles pebbles to digest food. This happens due to the fact that pebbles chafes roughage to aid digestion grouse. Known cases where a bird died due to the lack of pebbles. So in the fall until the snow fell, the birds rush to stock up on pebbles. In search of pebbles they leave on the banks of rivers, roads, or artificial mounds of pebbles. This is hunting.
In quiet places, where the bird feels safe, you can hunt with the approach on forest trails or on river sandbars that visit the birds. This hunt is measured and unhurried and very good trophies.
In search of capercaillie married pebbles, hunters visiting the river Bank, slowly floating down the river on a boat. The boat moves, cutting the water surface completely silent, which does not frighten the bird. This allows the hunters to come close enough to aim and make an accurate shot. On a hunt it is better to go together, one of the hunters manages the boat, the other shoots. Alone to do all this very uncomfortable.
To shoot grouse, stockpiling stones on a forest road or river, it is possible with careful, silent approach to the bird. Early in the morning, silently moving along the forest path, hiding behind corners, you will certainly find its prey.
Hunting for artificially gravel requires special training. The permanent habitat of the capercaillie bring pebbles and make the mound. Such mounds should be updated every year. Gradually, the birds will get used to this bait that guarantees success on the hunt. Shoot birds from pre-selected seats, however, abuse this kind of hunting is not necessary, because the frequent shootings scare the grouse that can lead to the fact that they leave their place of residence.
Now consider the second way is hunting for grouse in aspen or larch. Birds love slightly wilted, withered aspen leaves, and they feed until leaf fall. For feeding usually go in the morning and evening, preferring the same trees. To discover these trees with fallen leaves and branches, and the characteristic sounds produced by the bird, snatching at leaves. To hear feeding the bird can be quite large at a distance of about 150 meters.
Finding such trees, or accidentally finding feeding birds is worth a few days to hunt in this place. Often grouse there and spend the night in packs, leaving their feeding place, but if you feel you are in danger.
Males fly up to the tree with a noise that is audible at a great distance, and females can be detected by the characteristic kokoto. The first time the birds behave cautiously, listening to the sounds of the forest, but making sure that there is no danger, they behave quite noisy, jumping from branch to branch, and tear off leaves.
From behind in the area of noise generated by the capercaillie, to approach him special difficulties will not make. Hiding behind natural cover, the hunter is watching the selected a grouse, waiting for the right moment to shot.
Hunting on the larches carried out in the same way. It begins later, as the first grouse feed on the leaves of aspen, later moving to larch. The difficulty lies in the fact that due to the large height of the trunks and sparse crowns approach to the birds becomes more difficult. For such cases, not be amiss to use a rifled gun.