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    Took my 10 year old out for our first sucessful grouse hunt, bagging our limit and making for one very proud dad and son. While I was field dressing the birds I noticed that one of the birds has a darker color to the meat. It was head shot, showed no abnormalities compared to the other birds, but the meat is a red color from head to legs, where as the other 3 are comparable to chicken in color. All 4 were ruffled, gold band on tail feathers. Any idea why the one's meat is a different color?

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    Spruce grouse have the gold band on the tail feathers.

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    Sounds like you got 3 ruffeds and a spruce...
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    Just googled some images and looks like I got my tail feather bands reversed. I guess I shouldn't feel too bad about the mis-identification, the trooper that stopped just as we got back to the truck didn't know which kind of grouse they were either .

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    Did you happen to shoot them all together? Perhaps there were 3 juveniles with lighter meat and an adult. Enjoy the bounty. Just saw a great parmigana recipe on an American Gun Dog episode. The darker bird will do best with a sweet or fruity marinade. I've also had really good luck stuffing them with jalapenos and a white cheese... Wrapped in bacon never hurts (except the arteries).
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    Yep, you likely shot the hen (dark meat) and three of her young-of-the-year. The young birds haven't developed quite the need to fly a lot compared to an adult and therefore didn't need the blood/oxygen in their muscles yet.

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