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Whatís that sound in Northwoods? #6893701
06/08/20 10:27 AM
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Just got back from another great bwca trip. Went in a different area this time....Stuart river up to star art, Agnes, and iron, lakes if your familiar. Anyway, along the long portages was a drumming sound all the time. Never heard it before and didnít hear it from my camps. Only heard it on long portages through higher, dryer woods. It would start slow and then speed up to almost a continuous sound? Kinda hard to tell distance as it was a low sound.

Iím assuming a bird of some kind? Donít now much about the critters up there but itís a lot of yíall s stomping grounds. First time Iíve ever heard it. Also, this is the earliest trip Iíve taken and usually go in late summer or fall. I had planned to be inside the bwca when walleye season opened but that fell through. Thanks a lot corona. Thanks for clearing up the mystery bird?......
Shane


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6893702
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Ruffed grouse drumming?

Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6893704
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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6893705
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Bigfoot wood knocking for sure !
Lucky you got back alive to tell the story

Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6893714
06/08/20 10:53 AM
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Love hearing ruffed grouse ...look forward to hearing them every spring.

Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: dkrug] #6893739
06/08/20 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by dkrug
Bigfoot wood knocking for sure !
Lucky you got back alive to tell the story

This!!!!!^^^


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6893744
06/08/20 11:43 AM
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We are lucky to see one a month around here now. Just several years ago we had lots of them????.....jk


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: k snow] #6893745
06/08/20 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by k snow
Ruffed grouse drumming?


This is what it is . It been many years ago I use to hear them back in MA now here in IA I only hear them once many years ago. Miss that sound and the bird. Fun bird to hunt .


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6893923
06/08/20 03:52 PM
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Bingo. Thatís it. Now I wish Iíd tried to find one. Iíd liked to have seen that and maybe a picture. Iíll know next year. Thanks again......shane


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894312
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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894444
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Originally Posted by shanemoss
Bingo. Thatís it. Now I wish Iíd tried to find one. Iíd liked to have seen that and maybe a picture. Iíll know next year. Thanks again......shane


I hear them drumming at my camp when Iím hunting spring turkey. Six or eight or more in the morning is not uncommon. Iíve often tried to sneak up on them to get a picture or maybe even a video of them drumming. So far I have been unsuccessful. They hear or see me coming and disappear.


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894453
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They have a "drumming log". If you go looking where you here them, look for a log with a bunch of Grouse droppings, Then hide and wait.

Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894678
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Putting the sneak on grouse doesn't work worth a hoot! I've tried it time and again. They also have a real ventriloquist type quality to the sound, it is hard to pinpoint just where the buggers actually are drumming. The logs are very obvious though.....droppings galore, as well as having a worn spot where Mr. Grouse stands. I've had a couple set up shop close to the road and were watchable from the vehicle .


Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894703
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Love hunting ruffies!! They're not hard to kill and tasty too. grin

I'm lucky enough to live where that sound goes on all day long for at least a month.

Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894715
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Maybe not hard to kill in your neck of the woods rvsask. Iíve plinked those fools hens sitting along trails with a .22 for camp supper while moose hunting in Canada.

Here in PA you are lucky to get a shot at them. They will often sit tight and explode at your feet, or worse yet, from the branches over your head, and by the time you recover they are out of range or have put a tree or a bush between you and them.



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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894723
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Maybe not hard to kill in your neck of the woods rvsask. Iíve plinked those fools hens sitting along trails with a .22 for camp supper while moose hunting in Canada.


We stack them up on the edge of trail like you speak of. Heck, I even whacked one of the back of the head with a hatchet along the road once as I didn't have a firearm with me.
Amazing how human pressure can change animal behaviour.

Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894743
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Sounds like you are hearing some sort of grouse. Where I am it would be a blue grouse.

On a similar subject, has anyone else ever noticed what I would describe as a "60 cycle hum" while in or near the arctic?


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: shanemoss] #6894812
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The first spring I was in Alaska I kept hearing this.It drove me nuts for weeks. It sounded like someone was bouncing a basketball but the nearest person was 75 miles away. Finally I stalked the noise and found the grouse !


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: waggler] #6894813
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Originally Posted by waggler
Sounds like you are hearing some sort of grouse. Where I am it would be a blue grouse.

On a similar subject, has anyone else ever noticed what I would describe as a "60 cycle hum" while in or near the arctic?



I have noticed that too but only in the winter. It's as though silence actually makes a noise


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Re: Whatís that sound in Northwoods? [Re: white17] #6894816
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Originally Posted by white17
Originally Posted by waggler
Sounds like you are hearing some sort of grouse. Where I am it would be a blue grouse.

On a similar subject, has anyone else ever noticed what I would describe as a "60 cycle hum" while in or near the arctic?



I have noticed that too but only in the winter. It's as though silence actually makes a noise

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