DNR: Management actions planned, including closing east-central hunting zone season
This is the third year the season has been closed.
With no permits available, no applications will be made available or accepted this year.
Observers recorded five broods and 39 pheasants per 100 miles. Sharptails observed per 100 miles are up 113% statewide from 2018, and partridge are up 58%.
Statistics from the spring sharp-tailed grouse census indicate a 9 percent increase in the number of male grouse counted compared to last year.
Application period is Aug. 1-31.
Sharp-tailed grouse counts also down.
Drought conditions and not as many hunters in the field last fall meant fewer pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge in the bag.
DNR wildlife biologists had planned to capture about 20 birds from the eastern U.P. and re-introduce them to Ontonagon County. However, late winter snowfall and a persistent groundcover of snow have delayed the effort until next spring for the game birds, which haven’t been seen reliably in the area since the mid-’90s.
And as do most conversations about conservation these days, this one eventually found its way to what can be done about the decline of hunting.
While only a relative handful of sportsmen hunt them, they offer a unique upland opportunity to Michigan bird hunters.
On the eve of the season opener for both, Game and Fish announces that sharptail numbers are down 29 percent from 2016, while partridge are down 62 percent. So, “in general, hunting will be fair at best.”
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) standing on his drumming logNorth Dakota’s popular hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept. 9. State Game and Fish Department upland game biologist R.J. Gross says hunters will likely see fewer sharptails and Huns compared to last year, while ruffed grouse numbers are up from 2016. Gross said that hot, dry early summer…
In 2016, pheasant harvest down 15 percent, sharptails 21 percent and Hungarian partridge 9 percent from 2015.
The 2017 survey results for ruffed grouse were 2.1 drums per stop statewide. The averages during 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 were 0.9 and 1.1 and 1.1 and 1.3, respectively.
If approved for 2017, the sharp-tailed grouse season in a part of east-central Minnesota and east of a line from Floodwood to the northern border would be open Saturday, Oct. 14, through Thursday, Nov. 30. In the rest of the open hunting zone, the season would run from Saturday, Sept. 16, through Nov. 30.