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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    I won't be hunting sage grouse and I've always favored smaller shot with a more dense pattern. I shoot 6's all season for pheasants here in SD, but might throw in a few 5's very late in the season.

    Sage grouse was probably the coolest prairie type bird I've hunted look cool mounted season won't stay open forever be worth a day hunt for the next bird going on protected list like lesser prairie chicken...

    I'm a steel #2 & #3 shot pheasant guy & #4 & #5 shot lead pheasant guy break bones & kill stuff vs wing & wound I not a big off season shooter lol

    Good luck on your hunt... Give them sage grouse a chance very fun hunt

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    Sharp Tails in my experience aren't all that tough to get close to if they haven't been hunted before. After they've been busted up, maybe only once, they are double tough and will fly a mile once flushed. An example is one day I walked into a covey of 30 birds and shot three out of it. The next day in the same area they flushed when I was 300 yards away and I was being very quiet sneaking up on where I thought they were and flew out of sight on flat ground. Mod and full will work but then you'll have to go straight to the .270.
    Some days a single pellet will bring them down like they were doves and some days they are as tough as pheasants. I like 7 1/2 shot and feel like you do about pattern density. They look bigger than they are. Body size about like a hen pheasant.
    Before you kill a bunch of them, eat one. They have a distinctive taste that I find not that pleasant. Dark meat that results in something like a poorly cooked duck without the tasty fat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by small munsterlander owner View Post
    Sage grouse was probably the coolest prairie type bird I've hunted look cool mounted season won't stay open forever be worth a day hunt for the next bird going on protected list like lesser prairie chicken...

    I'm a steel #2 & #3 shot pheasant guy & #4 & #5 shot lead pheasant guy break bones & kill stuff vs wing & wound I not a big off season shooter lol

    Good luck on your hunt... Give them sage grouse a chance very fun hunt
    Just buying a 3 day non-resident license which does not allow you to hunt Sage Grouse.
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    I've herd that bad taste bs lots try this marinaid in say bulls eye BBQ sauce & add some soy sauce or try teraki or even steak & chop marinaid then bake in Pyrex baking dish after marinaiding treat the sharptail or prairie chicken breast like beef cook low & slow I useually line bottum of dish with olive oil & onions top the breast with sweet baby rays BBQ sauce & lay a few strips of bacon on top of the breast just so they don't dry out add a Lil extra sauce to bottom of baking dish u will have a juicy sharptail breast ...

    If u just marinaid & BBQ rap In bacon again flavor & so meat does not dry out if they dry out & get tuff they taste like crap just like a over cooked waterfowl will...

    I've shake & baked prairie chicken but not sharptails the sharptails are s Lil darker meat then chickens... Sage grouse yuck purple meat smell & taste like sage dogs don't even eat em lol

    That a bs license only can hunt sharptail & Hun's??? Weak Montana weak... What about blue & ruffed grouse etc. Can u bag them on that license???
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    I shoot a 20ga SxS out there and use Imp. and Mod with 7 1/2 shot and have zero problem. My hunting partner shoots a 28ga.
    You will be fine with what you have George!

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    Quote Originally Posted by small munsterlander owner View Post
    I've herd that bad taste bs lots
    If you hear it a lot from lots of people, maybe there's some basis to it. Smothering game in lots of different sauces and tastes can hide all sorts of sins. It won't taste like a Sharptail tastes but you can eat it OK. If you smother a possum in BBQ sauce or teriyaki sauce you can eat that too but there's a difference between being able to eat something because you've hidden its inherent taste and enjoying it because it tastes good. Just try one before you kill a bunch and end up not liking them.
    They are as dark a meat as a duck or goose

    Quote Originally Posted by small munsterlander owner View Post
    Sage grouse yuck purple meat smell & taste like sage dogs don't even eat em lol
    I've shot Sage Grouse in California that were as inedible as you describe. Just awful. Then a friend and I went to Idaho for Sharptails, got into Sage Grouse and shot one each. We cooked the big B-52 bomber my friend shot thinking that an old bird would be the best test of a different population of birds. Fried in olive oil and a little garlic and it was delicious with absolutely no bad taste. It was around grain however while the calif. birds weren't. The erratic taste is something you can't predict.
    Sporty they're not. Slow flying, big birds unless you get one in a strong wind or going down slope. Then again anything is sporty in those circumstances.

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    Oh, I'm quite familiar with the taste of Sharpies. Shot plenty in SD. I can't stand them. There isn't enough bacon and BBQ sauce to hide that taste. I'm going to the hunt. Probably leave the Sharpies with my friend in MT. Sure would like to bring home a few Huns to cook up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamari View Post
    If you hear it a lot from lots of people, maybe there's some basis to it. Smothering game in lots of different sauces and tastes can hide all sorts of sins. It won't taste like a Sharptail tastes but you can eat it OK. If you smother a possum in BBQ sauce or teriyaki sauce you can eat that too but there's a difference between being able to eat something because you've hidden its inherent taste and enjoying it because it tastes good. Just try one before you kill a bunch and end up not liking them.
    They are as dark a meat as a duck or goose



    I've shot Sage Grouse in California that were as inedible as you describe. Just awful. Then a friend and I went to Idaho for Sharptails, got into Sage Grouse and shot one each. We cooked the big B-52 bomber my friend shot thinking that an old bird would be the best test of a different population of birds. Fried in olive oil and a little garlic and it was delicious with absolutely no bad taste. It was around grain however while the calif. birds weren't. The erratic taste is something you can't predict.
    Sporty they're not. Slow flying, big birds unless you get one in a strong wind or going down slope. Then again anything is sporty in those circumstances.

    Sage grouse very cool hunt if not for anything else the habitat u r in dog work was cool rather hunt grouse the running pheasant that's just me...

    I've taken sharptails & did popers but that is hiding the flavor of the sharptails I guess?

    The 1 thing in Common most of these guys have is they burn hamburgers & mostly have there wives cook for them... Smoother & marinaid is 2 different sub jects don't add BBQ sauce just marinaid if u want...

    I've shot MT & MN sharptails both hevi agricultural areas eating sunflowers corn & soy beans in MN. & wheat in MT but close to sage actually shot sage grouse & sharptails same spot... The sharptails are not for all but if u are not best cook to start that mite be a issue for some of the hunters reading this...


    I'll only shoot another sage grouse for the wall I'll never eat them things again... Its about 70/30 on people thinking sharptails are garbage or great 70% no good... You are the only person I've ever herd say sage grouse was edible...

    I wanna shoot a few of all upland species 1 for wall & some to prove its not luck lol . Blue grouse & some quail species left to go ... I like to eat what I shoot so I find ways to prepare them I'm fussy eater so do what work 4 I'll do same...

    Maybe like Canada geese sharptails sauceage mite be good like a polish but that mite be hiding the flavor of the meat with all them spices ??? I gonna try it sometime with the darker meat it mite be ggood recipe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by small munsterlander owner View Post
    You are the only person I've ever herd say sage grouse was edible...
    Actually, my friend and I are the only ones we know who have had that experience. Like I said one bird was great out of enough of them being bad we didn't hunt them anymore. My friend was a Calif. DFG unit biologist who ate ANY game and whose unit contained some of the few Sage Grouse left in Calif. so we could have decimated them if they were delicious but we quit them quickly after trying a couple from our state. In Idaho where we were, the locals looked forward to the opening of Sage Grouse season like they looked forward to deer season and wanted to get all the law allowed to eat. It had to have something to do with their diet in a local area.
    small munsterlander, I neglected to give you great credit for finding a way to eat the Sharptails you shoot. My hat's off that you don't give them away or just dispose of them. I don't kill things I don't eat personally so I don't hunt Sharptails because I don't like them. Good on you for working out a way.

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