Third most producer of Ruffed Grouse. Only Minnesota and Wisconsin produce more birds.
Wild pheasants on public land is rare. Success is better on private property and game preserves.
Attention grouse and woodcock hunters! Planning your fall bird hunting trip? Maybe thinking about trying somewhere new or even testing out a hunting circuit? Then Pure Michigan GEMS are just for you!
TThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
Welcome to the Ruffed Grouse Society's National American Woodcock Migration Mapping System. RGS started providing real-time tracking of the annual fall and spring American woodcock migrations in 2006 -- for the first time in history. ...
We were all volunteers, planting 110 apple trees in various spots in this remote location approximately 24 miles south of Gwinn, Mich. It was a wildlife habitat enhancement project in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and the mid-UP Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society.Read More
“In the Great Lakes Region, West Nile virus has been found in a small number of grouse with no known population-level effects at this point,” said Charlotte Roy, grouse project leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Still, we want to let hunters know we’re in the first steps of monitoring the virus, and we’re planning to do some limited testing of birds this fall.”Read More
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative is a conservation initiative to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat, populations, and hunting opportunities on private and public lands via pheasant cooperatives. The initiative works by acquiring state, federal and other partner resources to assist landowners in the cooperatives to improve wildlife habitat on their properties and by improving habitat on selected state game areas, recreation areas or other public lands.Read More
The 2017 Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative Annual Report, highlighting accomplishments of initiative coalition partners last year, is now available on the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative webpage.Read More
The biggest news for 2018 was the planned translocation of sharp-tailed grouse from the eastern Upper Peninsula to an area consisting of small farms in Ontonagon County in the western Upper Peninsula. Unfortunately, however, the translocation (bird release) did not occur...Read More
Due to the prolonged wintry conditions, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has postponed the release of sharp-tailed grouse in the western part of the Upper Peninsula.Read More
As a popular destination for tourism and camping, Michigan prides itself on natural beauty and some of the best beaches in the Midwest. Upland hunters are discovering that bird hunting in Michigan gives the state even more reasons to be proud. With its unique geography, Michigan offers a variety of opportunities to bag a few birds.Read More
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative has developed a document outlining the coalition’s goals for the next several years. Work outlined in the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative Goals for 2016-2020 is already under way.Read More
Michigan is a prime ruffed grouse hunting destination. But the state has another upland game bird that doesn’t get a lot of attention: the sharp-tailed grouse.Read More
While Michigan pheasant populations have been in decline for several years, pheasants can be found in southern Lower Michigan and in some areas of the Upper Peninsula, according to the Michigan DNR, with the best counties for pheasant hunting in south-central to mid-Michigan and into the Thumb, the agency said.Read More
Bill Sherck kicks off the upland bird hunting season in Michigan's ruffed grouse forest. Grouse hunting history & big flush numbers take center stage at a Michigan gem known as Fuller's.
Late season Grouse hunting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Michigan DNR upland wild bird specialist, Al Stewart, talks about different habitat that helps support the ruffed grouse.