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CAPERCAILLIE

Hunting, shooting for Capercaillie

Walked up, Stalking


The stunning, dark, opalescent tail of the male capercaillie is an even more attractive sight to see deep in an old forest, hunted for like big game, but for a much smaller target.

More petit than turkey, with males weighing over 4kg and females averaging no more than 2 kg, the capercaillie is the largest bird of the grouse family. Donning not only a desirable fan and considerable size, the meat from this large male game bird is also a prized trophy on the dinner table. Their moist and tender meat is especially noteworthy.

Particularly the males are talented forest-fliers, flying up into large pine trees for protection. Their loud, particular calls echo through the forests, a confusing but positive sound for the hunter to follow. If you know the bilberry bush, you will know the way of the capercaillie, dieting exclusively on the bilberry from late fall through spring. Signs of bilberry in a northern, old forest is always a good sign for Capercaillie.

Found throughout Europe and Russia in old, in some places that hug the Arctic circle, these big forest birds offer a dream hunt for the serious game bird enthusiast.

Basic Info


Scientific name: Tetrao urogallus

Size: length: 54 – 64 cm, wingspan: 90 – 125 cm

Weight: 2 kg Lifespan:  13 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Falconry, Hunting from a blind, Wing shooting, Stalking, Walked Up

Countries: Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia