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Ruffed Grouse

Always in 2nd or 3rd position in the top Ruffed Grouse producing states.


Depending on the year, Wisconsin is in the top three states for Woodcock.


Pheasant production in Wisconsin's primary pheasant ranges increased 84% in 2017.

Sharp-tailed Grouse

18% decline in observed birds this spring. Zero sharp-tailed grouse permits will be available in 2017.

Season Information

Ruffed Grouse Woodcock Sharp-tail Grouse Pheasant
Season Dates Zone A: Sept 15 - Dec 31
Zone B: Oct 20 - Dec 8
Sept 22 - Nov 5 Oct 20 - Nov 11
(Game management unit 8)
Oct 20 - Jan 6, 2020
Limits Zone A
5 (daily)
15 (possession)

Zone B
3 (daily)
9 (possession)
3 (daily)
9 (possession)
(visit dnr.wi.gov for updates)
1 rooster daily on Oct. 20–21
2 roosters daily for the remainder of season

Wisconsin Upland Resources

Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool (FFLIGHT)

This application provides an interactive mapping tool that allows hunters to locate and view suitable locations for ruffed grouse and woodcock, managed dove fields and properties stocked with pheasants.

Grouse Hunting Management Maps in Wisconsin County Forests (GMA)

Many of Wisconsin’s County Forests have established cooperative ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat management areas with the support of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS). Twelve of these Grouse Management Areas (GMA), covering over 44,000 acres ...

Wisconsin wildlife reports

Wildlife reports are divided into surveys addressing five species groups: small game, big game, waterfowl, furbearers and nongame. Interpretations to data in these reports are subject to change as a result of data verification and more extensive ...

Ruffed Grouse Society's Woodcock Migration Map

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. ...

Wisconsin Pheasant Hunting

Directory of 49 Wisconsin Pheasant hunting lodges, guides and outfitters in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Upland News