Good nesting season may mean more grouse this fall


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Original complete article by Sam Cook posted on September 6, 2015 at 12:16 a.m. at

Grouse hunters in both Minnesota and Wisconsin should see seasons similar to last year’s, if not a bit better, according to grouse experts in both states.
Annual spring grouse drumming surveys in both states put the grouse index at about the same levels as in 2014. But good weather during the nesting and brood-rearing season should bode well for the birds, biologists and others said.

“We had a good bump (in drumming counts) last year, and the counts were stable this year,” said Nick Larson of Duluth, Minnesota regional director for the Ruffed Grouse Society. “I think it’s going to be a better season than the drumming counts indicate.”

Ted Dick, upland game bird coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, agrees.

“I’m going out on a limb and saying recruitment (of young grouse) was pretty good,” Dick said. “You want weather in June that’s warm and on the dry side, and it was pretty warm and dry in June. That can make a difference in the fall even if the drumming counts held steady from last year.”

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