The Idaho Forest Grouse season opened a couple days ago and after a long hot summer, I was fired up to go chase some birds around in the woods with Tui. I already had a spot picked out way up high above the tree line. No snow and an abundance of food sources can make early season grouse hunting tricky, so I decided to get up top and see if we could bust a couple after work. After an 45 minute hike to around 8,000 ft, we found a group of blue grouse milling around some sage brush. Flush – shot – bird down. We chased the singles around for a little bit and bagged another and left the group so they could recover. The best thing – this was just a small taste of some great days ahead of Tui and I this fall! One grouse species down – 3 more to go for the grand slam (Sage, Sharptail, Ruffed, and Blue).