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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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Tips for a Maintenance–Free Hunting Camp

Tips for a Maintenance–Free Hunting Camp

So you want to build a hunting camp, but not be a slave to maintaining it all the time? A cabin sounds like a lot of work, on weekends that are supposed to be fun. In my travels to different camps I took note of things that can be done to keep the maintenance time ...

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Buying land and building a hunting camp, Part I

Buying land and building a hunting camp, Part I

Many of us were lucky enough to grow up with a hunting camp, be it a family member’s or other acquaintance. For those hoping to someday own, it seemed land prices were pricing the dream out of reach of the average joe. But right now may be the perfect time to buy, before land prices ...

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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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