Pennsylvania's daily limit on grouse is two per birds. Wisconsin's is a much more liberal five, which in my 25 years of hunting these birds has been a rare occurence. I'd be fine if the DNR cut the daily limit to three, the limit of birds I grew up with pheasant hunting in Iowa. Now pheasants are not grouse, but you can understand how my mind equates the two. On days when I get three grouse, I have an ingrained reluctance to pursue that fourth and fifth bird. The Iowa limit of three seems just fine to me. I have gone after that fourth and fifth bird, something I did much more often as a younger grouse hunter, but not so much these days. The number of birds I shoot doesn't seem as important as when I was a zealous younger hunter.
What struck me about these two birds is the size and color difference. I have been shooting mostly juvenile birds this season, which bodes well for upcoming seasons. This hunt, however, I shot a huge, what I call, cinnamon bird. It's a brown-phased bird, but has lighter cinnamon tints, particularly on the ruff. The tail band is also a much lighter brown. An altogether beautiful bird. I saved the fan as well as some ruff feathers.