Probably the biggest “sin” a bird hunter can commit is ground sluicing a grouse or, heaven forbid, shoot them with a rifle. More often than not, I am toting a .22 rather than a shotgun. There is plenty of challenge to be had with such a setup, but if you’re having qualms, try setting some rules of engagement, so to speak. For me currently, it's one head shot only. If I miss, regardless of whether it flushes, the grouse gets to live to see another day. If I hit him, I have half my dinner without crunching on lead pellets. And trust me—plenty of grouse get to see the next dawn. It can be surprisingly challenging to hit a quarter size, bobbing target, often through a tangle of alder or spruce limbs. But when successful, you’ll not only get a tasty treat, but also practice in almost every improvised shooting position imaginable.