Grouse hunting success is varied
Oct 15, 2017 08:27AM
● By Editor
Photo from the MN DNR
From Outdoors Notes by The Duluth News Tribune - October 14, 2017
As more leaves come down, grouse and woodcock hunters should begin to have more success. Grouse hunters had high expectations for this fall's season after reports last spring of large increases in drumming counts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some hunters have felt that the number of birds this fall hasn't lived up to those expectations.
But Duluth-area Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers Kipp Duncan and Andy Schmidt both said grouse numbers appear to be "pretty good" based on their contacts with hunters.
Conservation officer reports from around the region indicated varying levels of success among grouse hunters.
"Grouse hunters are beginning to find pockets of success as well as more competition," reported CO John Slatinski of International Falls.
"Hunters report seeing lots of birds but add that they are very spooky," reported CO Darin Fagerman, working the Grand Marais area. "Hunting pressure has been down a lot compared to the last few seasons."