I work for the MI DNR as a forester, if you have questions just let me know. Grouse pops are cyclic by nature with localized populations. Upscand downs vary by food, weather and predation. Gaylord is a good location to hunt out of as you have thousands of acres of public land within minutes. The time you are planning will be great foe woodcock. Last season I averaged 6 woodcock per hour and 1 grouse per hour. Typical grouse per hour is 2-3/hr. In the post a recommendation to hunt the UP was mentioned. I would not recommend do to the wolf population..... not worth the risk to your dog(s). You can email me at email@example.com for more questions. I'm sure your host is well educated.