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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

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Minnesota’s ruffed grouse, sharptail seasons kick off Saturday: What can hunters expect this fall?

Ruffed grouse can be found throughout the northern part of Minnesota, but it’s in the northeast that hunting just might be best when the season opens Sept. 16. (Photo courtesy of Austin Vinar)
Minnesota's grouse-hunting season begins Saturday, and all signs suggest a mostly successful brooding season for ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse. Sharp-tailed grouse may be hunted only in the Northwest Zone again this year. Mike Chalich, president of Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society, and James Govednik, president of the Rum River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, say that favorable conditions aided both nesting and brood-rearing of grouse this year. “What is also a very good sign is the recruitment period – that weather was very good,” Govednik said. “The brood sizes are good and there are a lot of broods, so all the signs are pointing to a good fall.”
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