Mike, in most of the state the general quail opener (for all species) is the 3rd Saturday of Oct (19th this year). Eastern Sierras & Northern Calif has 2 opening dates in September. 1st date for mountain quail only and the 2nd date for all species.
Grouse normally opens the 2nd Saturday in Sept, however I'm not positive on that.
I can't believe its getting so close again either. But I do love it.
How far south in CA can you find reasonable grouse hunting? I'm assuming it's well above the Bay Area/Sacramento but figured it's worth asking. I love hunting them in ID but would be interested to see if I could do it after 5-6 hours in a car from SoCal?
If you want to see the dogs work a valley quail trip would be better. I did lose what my friends considered my best dog the end of March but my 10 year old is still great and my 17 month old is coming along great and should be a machine by hunting season. The blue grouse hunting is more like road hunting for deer because it is so thick where we hunt them, I do know a couple places where we could hunt them with the dogs and I may try that this year.
You're welcome, Mike. I have been to Lassen a couple of times and is a nice area. Too far for me to chase birds though
Songdog, not sure how far south the grouse are, or much of anything else about them for that matter, unfortunately. I have seen them in the June Lake, Bodie & also Idaho as you have (while deer hunting). They are a neat bird!