Welcome back the Hunt Gather Talk podcast, Season Two, sponsored by Hunt to Eat and Filson. This season will focus entirely on upland game — not only upland birds but also small game. Think of this as the podcast behind my latest cookbook, Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail, which covers all things upland.
Every episode will dig deep into the life, habits, hunting, lore, myth and of course prepping and cooking of a particular animal. Expect episodes on pheasants, rabbits, every species of quail, every species of grouse, wild turkeys, rails, woodcock, pigeons and doves, chukars and huns.
In this episode, I talk with two Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game biologists, Rick Merizon and Forrest Bowers, about the sooty grouse, which ranges from southeast Alaska to California. It is closely related to the dusky grouse of the Mountain West.
Merizon and Bowers are both grouse hunters, as well as knowledgeable about the habitat, biology and habits of this reclusive grouse of the Pacific Coast forests. As for me, well, this is the grouse I hunt in the Sierra Nevada, so I can offer some insight into these birds at the southern edge of their range.
For more information on these topics, here are some helpful links:
- A good overview of the biology and habits of sooty grouse.
- What sooty grouse sound like, including that famous hooting!
- Some intel on hunting sooty grouse in Alaska.
- A Project Upland guide to hunting these birds.
- A great grouse stew, based on the French dish coq au vin.
- Simple roast grouse. My recipe.
I am bringing back Hunt Gather Talk with the hopes that your generosity can help keep it going season after season. Think of this like public radio, only with hunting and fishing and wild food and stuff. No, this won’t be a “pay-to-play” podcast, so you don’t necessarily have to chip in. But I am asking you to consider it. Every little bit helps to pay for editing, servers, and, frankly to keep the lights on here. Thanks in advance for whatever you can contribute!