Minnesota, a state that is consistently No. 1 in the nation in annual ruffed grouse harvest.
|Ruffed Grouse||Woodcock||Sharp-tail Grouse||Pheasant|
|Season Dates||Sept 14 - Jan 1||Sept 21 - Nov 4||
Sept 14 - Nov 30
|Oct 12 - Jan 1|
Finding a great place to hunt is often as challenging as the actual hunting itself. The most commonly hunted public lands in Minnesota are state wildlife management areas (WMA), state forests, national forests, and federal waterfowl production areas (WPAs).
Minnesota offers some of the best grouse hunting in the country. Even in down years of the grouse population's boom-and-bust cycle, hunters in other states still envy our flush rates and hunter success rates remain high.
The Upper Minnesota River Valley offers tremendous opportunities for pheasant hunters. The Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area covers 33,000 acres. The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge adds another 11,000 acres.
According to a DNR wildlife research biologist, pheasants follow a schedule as routine as your daily commute to and from work. Understanding the pheasant's daily movements can increase your odds of flushing a rooster.
he once-thriving sharp-tailed grouse population has declined sharply in the last 50 years. The reason for this has been the loss of grassland and brushland habitats. Controlled burning and tree clearing has helped prevent some open brushlands and grasslands from turning into woodlands. This has helped sharptails.
Minnesotans in the northern and northeastern parts of the state have endless miles of state and federal forests as well as other public areas on which to pursue grouse, woodcock and ducks. Hunters need to be careful, though, as it’s pretty easy to get “turned around” up there in the big woods.Read More
Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were down 29 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Natural Resources.Read More
One reason might be the 5.8 inches of rain the Worthington area received Wednesday. But blame also is due at least in part to the late spring, said Nicole Davros, Department of Natural Resources wildlife researcher stationed in Madelia, Minn.Read More
Minnesotan Tina Dokken is a passionate bird hunter, amateur dog trainer and recreational shooter. She was introduced to shooting and hunting in her mid-30s, and is among the small percentage of people who started hunting as an adult.Read More
Outsmarting a pheasant isn’t easy. Pheasants will pattern even the most experienced hunter and only a witty hunter willing to give pheasants what they haven’t seen will always hit the daily bag limit. And when you talk about daily bag limit, the first question that comes to mind is, where do you hunt?Read More
After one month of the 2017 season, hunters have been flushing fewer ruffed grouse in the bird's Upper Midwest strongholds of Wisconsin and Minnesota. ...Read more
Minnesota always has ebbs and flows in its pheasant habitat and bird counts. The state has been in an ebb situation for a few years now, with all the acres (over 686,000) that have come out of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) since 2007. Pheasant counts are down this year, but birds are by no means down for the count.Read more
Travis Frank joins Pheasants Forever and Federal Premium Ammunition on prime Minnesota grasslands to celebrate a pheasant hunting milestone - 50 million shot shells in the making.
Just Outdoors host Tom Chapin takes a look at the 36th annual National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, to see what was going on and to talk with some of the participants and officials.
On the first day of our bird hunting road trip, we chased wild pheasants in western Minnesota. We missed the first bird, but managed to improve our shooting as the hunt went on.