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Banging the Drum

Banging the Drum

By Joel Schnell for ruffedgrouseminnesota.com The 2019 drumming counts are in, with little fanfare. No press release this year, just a lousy tweet, announcing their release July 2. The upshot? It’s about the same as last year. For decades now, volunteers have been driving routes to record ruffed grouse populations. They stop the car at ...

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A Scourge of Rabbits

A Scourge of Rabbits

By Joel Schnell for Ruffed Grouse Minnesota. Conservation Hurts. I mean, being a land steward involves getting a bit sweaty, dirty, buggy, wood-ticky and all. The first few trees you plant, you say “Boy this is gonna be great! I wish I would’a planted 50 trees every year!” But after digging through the clay, rocks ...

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Favorites from the Trail Cam 2018

Favorites from the Trail Cam 2018

By Joel Schnell for Ruffed Grouse Minnesota One of my favorite rituals is checking the trail camera pictures. Surprises are welcome in this case. Seeing the year-round residents of my properties carrying on when I’m away is a window into their lives. And like guests at a big party, you never know who’s going to ...

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Testimonials

  • Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac

    “There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting… There are two times to hunt in Adams: ordinary times, and when the tamaracks are smoky gold. This is written for those luckless ones who have never stood, gun empty and mouth agape, to watch the golden needles come sifting down, while the feathery rocket that knocked them off sails unscathed into the pines.”

    Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac
  • Tom F. Waters: Timberdoodle Tales, Adventures of a Minnesota Woodcock Hunter

    “The very word October, to most of us inhabiting these northern climes, is evocative of the bracing glories of autumn-colored coverts under the intense blue of northern skies. Shimmering golden coins on aspen branches all too soon drop their mintage to the forest floor; liquid amber tumbles in the cascades of a northern trout stream. These are the Octobers that woodcock hunters remember.”

    Tom F. Waters: Timberdoodle Tales, Adventures of a Minnesota Woodcock Hunter
  • Gordon MacQuarrie: The Gordon MacQuarrie Sporting Treasury

    “He is the original brown bomber. He is the fan-tailed drummer who gets on a down log and beats his short wings in a kettle drum roll. He is the shawl-necked grouse, legs feathered like fur chaps. He is born and mates and lives and dies usually within an area a mile square. He is the gourmet’s delight and the gunner’s Nemesis. He is as American as pumpkin pie and hickory smoked bacon.”

    Gordon MacQuarrie: The Gordon MacQuarrie Sporting Treasury




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