DNR: Management actions planned, including closing east-central hunting zone season
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.
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.
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…