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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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An Epic Winter

An Epic Winter

By Joel Schnell for ruffedgrouseminnesota.com Excellent snow, excellent trails. This year is the best touring of the grouse woods in winter in ages. Those black spruce swamps, so impenetrable in fall are now our highways. It’s an excellent way to travel the grouse woods. Here’s a few photos from the trail. By Joel Schnell Posted ...

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The Silent Season

The Silent Season

By Joel Schnell for ruffedgrouseminnesota.com A fresh foot of snow covers the Northwoods. One last ruffed grouse hunt for the season means donning the Sorels and enjoying a landscape like none other. After 20 minutes of trudging in a foot of snow, I was beginning to think I’d have to step on one to get ...

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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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