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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 1:11 pm 
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Had a great last check at my sharp-tailed grouse lek set last time.

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 3:42 pm 
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Wow, those are beauties and a couple are real prize winners.

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Absolutely stunning, what a great round up of beautiful images that first one is my favourite.
Now as I am from Australia and of course we don't have grouse here, however we do have various native quail and introduced species (same as you) like pheasant. I have been grouse hunting for the various species of grouse throughout the USA. I have to ask, how did you know where to set your camera?


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:04 pm 
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buckhuntertrailcam wrote:
Absolutely stunning, what a great round up of beautiful images that first one is my favourite.
Now as I am from Australia and of course we don't have grouse here, however we do have various native quail and introduced species (same as you) like pheasant. I have been grouse hunting for the various species of grouse throughout the USA. I have to ask, how did you know where to set your camera?


Thank-you! I have the camera set on their breeding ground known as a lek. This is a spot approximately 30 yards diameter where the grouse display, challenge and breed. Up to 30 or so birds will visit this small area day after day (moreso in the mornings) from mid March until mid June. Find the lek and you’ve hit the camera trapping gold mine! This is my third year cameratrapping at this lek.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:16 pm 
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Absolutely stunning, what a great round up of beautiful images that first one is my favourite.
Now as I am from Australia and of course we don't have grouse here, however we do have various native quail and introduced species (same as you) like pheasant. I have been grouse hunting for the various species of grouse throughout the USA. I have to ask, how did you know where to set your camera?


Thank-you! I have the camera set on their breeding ground known as a lek. This is a spot approximately 30 yards diameter where the grouse display, challenge and breed. Up to 30 or so birds will visit this small area day after day (moreso in the mornings) from mid March until mid June. Find the lek and you’ve hit the camera trapping gold mine! This is my third year cameratrapping at this lek.

Ok thanks for that. I did see that word "lek" but had never heard of it before. I must do some research and see if any of our gamebirds have such an area.
To me it would be like a fallow buck "rutting stand" several bucks (as many as 40) tear up the ground, sometimes up to 50 yards in diameter, there they grunt continuously, fight and breed.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:18 pm 
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Ok thanks for that. I did see that word "lek" but had never heard of it before. I must do some research and see if any of our gamebirds have such an area.
To me it would be like a fallow buck "rutting stand" several bucks (as many as 40) tear up the ground, sometimes up to 50 yards in diameter, there they grunt continuously, fight and breed.


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Absolutely stunning! I can't remember when I've seen such detail! True artistry! Congrats on a great round of photos.

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Man, those are so much fun. I love that camera trap photography can capture the essence of an area with such grandeur and certainly you are succeeding in the prairies.


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Wonderful! You sure did those dudes justice with those pics. Now I gotta add dancing grouse to the old bucket list.


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