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Drumming Counts for 2018

Drumming Counts for 2018

By Joel Schnell for Ruffedgrouseminnesota.com The drumming counts are in, so what can we expect this grouse season on the ground? The short answer, is the count is down 29% compared to last year (emphasis added). But let’s not get too excited about that number, what does it really mean? For decades now, volunteers have been ...

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Start with a Foundation for Building a Camp

Start with a Foundation for Building a Camp

When building my own hunting cabin, I wanted a low maintenance structure, and one that can be built on a site off the grid. We’ve all been in the hunting shack with the tilted floors and crooked door frames like the fun house at the fair. I didn’t want to spend my free time up ...

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Spring Habitat Projects for Ruffed Grouse

Spring Habitat Projects for Ruffed Grouse

It’s been a busy spring. I had a Woodland Stewardship Plan for sustainable management of the land written and enrolled with the MN DNR. It comes with a number of benefits including property tax savings. The cost of hiring a certified forester to write the plan was three-quarters paid for by the state. Designing a management ...

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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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