Ok, I am sold on ruffed grouse being the best eating of all the grouse species up here. Now my question is what kind of habitat do I need to look for to get into more of them. Also, this time of year should I expect to find them flying solo or in small to large flocks. It seems I have rarely seen ruffed grouse hanging out together, just wondering what others have found on this. I am used to finding them in aspen and birch forests down in the matanuska valley region... is it the same here in the interior? Anything in particular I should look for?
Next question pertains to ptarmigan... I have a great ridgeline that I can consistently harvest ptarmigan from during calm/clear winter days... yesterday was snowing and windy as could be. I looked everywhere for the ptarmigan, mostly on the leeward sides of rock outcroppings and hills, but not down in the deep and forested valleys between the ridges... my question simply put is WHERE do they go when a storm blows in... I figured they would just hunker down on the leeward slopes near bushes and such... Any ideas?