Brush, young trees provide quality habitat for grouse, woodcock


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Original article "Brush, young trees provide quality habitat for grouse, woodcock" by Joe Knight posted October 23, 2015 12:00 a.m. (CDT) by the Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, WI at

RICE LAKE — On Tuesday morning we pulled over to the side of a gravel road in Rusk County bordering a sparse patch of young aspens interspersed with grasses.

We were grouse and woodcock hunting, and if I had been picking our hunting spot, I would have kept on driving. I know we were after birds that prefer young forest growth, but I thought this patch could use a few more years to develop.

However, my hunting companion was Dan Dessecker, director of conservation policy for the Ruffed Grouse Society. Given his credentials, who was I to second guess his choice of habitat?

The stuff by the road was 5-year old aspen, which was young for grouse but not too young for woodcock, he said.

He hoped to find both at this site.

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Article includes the YouTube video: Hunting with Dan Dessecker of the Ruffed Grouse Society.

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