A blue grouse perches on a limb.
A blue grouse perches on a limb.
The blue grouse hen has a more mottled appearance than its male counterpart.

Finding, identifying and hunting forest grouse in Washington state

A four-month season with at least one of the four forest grouse species found in nearly every county means you won’t want to skip this opportunity.

Ruffed grouse

A ruffed grouse eyes its surroundings.
A ruffed grouse eyes its surroundings.
Ruffed grouse are just one of the species of grouse found in Washington.

Dusky and sooty grouse (blue grouse)

Spruce grouse

A male spruce grouse stands on a patch of snow.
A male spruce grouse stands on a patch of snow.
Spruce grouse have earned the nickname “fool hen” because of their habit of not flushing when approached.

Essential info

Hunting strategies

Guns and ammunition

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