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Do all North American grouse taste about the #7678878
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...same?

Paratroop kid got a spruce grouse up in Alaska. I've seen one in the Rocky Mountains but have never ate one. The only grouse I've ate are sharpetails and prairie chickens. Do most North American grouse taste about the same for those of you who have ate at least 2 different species?


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Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: NonPCfed] #7678886
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To me, ruffed grouse taste the best. I've had spruce grouse and ruffed grouse.


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Ruffled grouse is a excellent tasting bird!


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Nope. Ruffled are good Sharptails are also. Sage grouse is kinda rough. My opinion

Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: NonPCfed] #7678914
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IMHO ruffed grouse are nothing like sharp tails or prairie chickens. To me they are better than pheasants or the chicken you buy in the store. Spruce grouse tend to be pretty gamey


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Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: arcticotter] #7678915
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Originally Posted by arcticotter
Nope. Ruffled are good Sharptails are also. Sage grouse is kinda rough. My opinion

My thoughts also


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Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: NonPCfed] #7678916
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I eat ruffed grouse, Sharptail grouse, and spruce grouse every Fall/Winter.

Ruffed grouse tastes the best. Sharptail is second, and Spruce grouse is third.

Ruffed is white meat.

Sharptail is kinda in the middle between white and dark meat.

Spruce is dark meat.

I don’t have a problem eating either one.


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Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: Jurassic Park] #7678947
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After a couple months of eating needles a spruce grouse can be pretty strong.

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Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: NonPCfed] #7678949
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And at -50 they are the size of a basketball : )

Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: NonPCfed] #7678950
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No mention of ptarmigan??

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The kid said his grouse was eating berries. It still had a berry in its mouth.


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By the way, this is the kid's black bear he took last Sunday up a mountain a ways. He was a pretty tired pup by the time he humped out what he had to plus the back straps and some fat. That hump out would have killed me...

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I've eaten ptarmigan, ruffed grouse, Sharptail grouse, and spruce grouse , all are top choice eating.
I never paid that much attention to which was better eating.


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I eat all grouse over charcoal and grilled medium. Some salt, pepper, onion, with the occasional jalapeño and you’ve got finger licking table fare.

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I have eaten spruce, ruffed, blue, and sharptailed grouse. Also, one YOY sage grouse. I enjoyed all of them, but any spruce grouse other than YOY you will probably want to season quite extensively!

The only time I had two species at the same time was blues and ruffed, there was a difference, and I preferred the blues.

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What do you all have in the Bighorns? I saw a grouse there, was that a blue or a spruce or are both in the Bighorns?


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Depends on what time of year you eat them.
YOY spruce grouse in the fall are the best.
We have 3 here ruffed spruce and sharptail.
Sharptails are good late into march,spruce and ruffed not much good that late.


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All I've had was prairie chicken. IDK that they are as good as quail but I love them in the pasture or on the plate


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Re: Do all North American grouse taste about the [Re: NonPCfed] #7679171
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Blues are the best imo, white meat, and very plump and meaty.
Spruce grouse and ptarmigan have dark breast meat.


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Ruffed grouse are great eating.

The others are barely edible.

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