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During a meeting of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the NRB heard an update from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff on 2017 ruffed grouse harvest information and 2018 spring drumming survey results. In response to concerns in declines in grouse indices, the NRB considered proposals for the DNR to take regulatory action to reduce grouse harvest during the 2018-2019 season. The information that was presented is available through the NRB website at https://dnr.wi.gov/About/NRB/2018/June/June-2018-NRB-agenda.html.

It has been reported to the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS/AWS) that at that meeting, a NRB motion was carried to close the grouse season in Zone A (most of the state) on Nov. 30. The season had been scheduled to end Jan. 31. Public comments on this recommended change will be taken up until a final decision is made at the August 8 NRB meeting.

RGS/AWS staff will continue to monitor the situation and keep members informed about updates and opportunities to participate.

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Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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