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      WELCOME NEW UJ MEMBERS   06/25/2017

      It seems the word is out and UJ is enjoying a steady stream of newly Registered Members. Welcome to all of you, and we are all looking forward to your positive participation. I strongly suggest you review the Board Guidelines that have been in place since 2002. The most significant thing being that UJ is a NO POLITICS BOARD. LInk:  UJ BOARD GUIDELINES   Also UJ stays afloat mainly through Member Donations. Once a Donation is made you are placed in the Contributing Member Group with extra Priviliges. I am getting very few new Donations so hopefully this will spur that on a bit. Link:  New Members/Donations/Priviliges
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Two Barrels

No Grouse in the Southern NC Mountains

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Two Barrels

When the season opened in mid October, it was very hot and I did not hunt.  I have been out twice within the past week now that it is cooler and have not moved a bird.  The areas hunted have produced in years past.  I am finding a substantial mast crop, both hard and soft.  We'll keep at it, just curious if any other NC or GA hunters are finding any birds at all.  The upside is the dogs and I should be in decent shape by the time we make it to Kansas in mid December.

 

Scott

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Bert in W N.C.

So far I got nothing. There are still 4 more spots I have in mind that are higher up. I am dog less but still hopeful. In my little world it is all about miles. Two Barrels, your right, if we keep this up we will be ready for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

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SLR

Grouse numbers seem to be in decline everywhere in their normal range. I have experienced significant reductions in my area of SW VT and nearby. On our farm we have done a lot of habitat management and are doing a 30 acre clearcut right now. Nevertheless, in recent years grouse have become scarse. I think it is particularly bad in the Southern Appalachians. Here is an interesting study put out by the PA Game commission:

http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeSpecies/Documents/Grouse Population Status and Season Recommendations 2017-18.pdf

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Quig

It makes sense to try and improve adults making it through to nesting season. It couldn’t hurt to sponsor a trapper or two either

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