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Ruffed Grouse

Minnesota, a state that is consistently No. 1 in the nation in annual ruffed grouse harvest.


The woodcock population has been on a steady decline in Minnesota.


The Upper Minnesota River Valley offers tremendous opportunities for pheasant hunters.

Sharp-tailed Grouse

The range for Sharp-tails is restricted to northwestern and east-central Minnesota.

Season Information

Ruffed Grouse Woodcock Sharp-tail Grouse Pheasant
Season Dates Sept 14 - Jan 1 Sept 21 - Nov 4 Sept 14 - Nov 30
Northwest zone
Oct 12 - Jan 1
Limits 5 (daily)
10 (possession)
3 (daily)
9 (possession)
3 (daily)
6 (possession)
2 (daily)
6 (possession)

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Hunting land locations

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).

Grouse hunting

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.

Pheasant hunting

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.

Pheasant hunting tips

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.

Sharp-tailed grouse

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.

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