been out 3 times this year and saw one grouse twice in the same dayy. Ended up being one lucky bird. I noticed the usual areas I find them feeding in on berries have no berries or leaves on them. Leads me to believe they were in the trees watching me and the dog walk by. The troubling thing for me is the lack of mountain quail I have seen this year. Gonna hit it again this weekend at least the dog is getting in shape for chukar season.
Hunted the Q2 opener in NE Mendocino county. Sucked... the land is parched, almost all the pines are half brown, oaks have half their canopies, many dead trees. Managed, 3 valley and 2 mountain quail over 2 days and 20+ miles on the ground. All small coveys (4-8) of holdover birds. Won't be heading out again this season in that neck of the woods.