Partridge, including ruffled grouse and spruce grouse are native to the Carpenter Lake area. They can be observed on the forest floor in wooded areas and along roadways and occasionally are found feeding in fruit-bearing trees such as sugar plums, pin cherries and mountain ash. Somewhat tame, they can be closely approached in many instances before running into the bushes or departing in a thunder of wing beats. Partridge are tasty and a partridge stew is a necessity of any fall hunting trip to Carpenter Lake.
Partridge are normally hunted using shotguns or rim-fired rifles. Many can be taken simply by driving along the Carpenter Lake road although there is nothing more enjoyable than to walk through fresh fallen leaves along the numerous trails in the area in search of partridge.