Hey gang, planning isn't just for the big game guys. I'm considering a trip this spring to somewhere in Southeast that has Sooty Grouse. From what I've read on this forum in past years, it sounds like it's an uphill hunt and that snowshoes are recommended. I've never seen a Sooty Grouse and never laid eyes on any of the SE landscape. Can anyone give me (us as a forum) a better picture of what it might take to put together a DIY trip to SE to chase hooters? Is it feasible to bring gear and just pack it up a mountain for a couple days. As of now, if this progresses successfully, it will be another forum member and I. I'm slow moving but I think we would give it at least a full weekend and possibly some weekdays on either side. Timing would probably be sometime in the last two weeks of the season (May 1-May 15). I want to see the landscape, see the birds, hopefully chew on one in camp, and if EVERYTHING works out, save up to make this the first specimen for my Upland Heaven Seven taxidermy idea.
Also, if we wanted to make this a multi-species trip, what's the likelihood of finding bears (either species) on foot from any of the major towns?