Are You Ready to Play Ball?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

  The Season’s soon upon us. Are you ready? The bird counts are up, the weather’s cooler, an occasional leaf falls to the ground. September 16 is Day One of the finest season in the world. Hats of many colors Every season i get a new blaze orange hat. It’s the most visible part of ...

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Drumming Counts for a Whopper of a Season

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

Drumming Counts for a Whopper of a Season Wow. Just. Wow. Fifty-seven percent increase in this year’s survey of ruffed grouse populations. What’s behind it, and what can we expect in the woods this fall? A Count Like No Other For decades now, volunteers have been driving routes to record ruffed grouse populations. They stop ...

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Gearing Up for the Fall Hunt

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Hunting, Minnesota Northwoods Life | No Comments

We have four glorious months of grouse hunting in Minnesota, which leaves eight months to prep. Dog training, skeet shooting, scouting and last but not least, shopping for gear. Now’s the time to start gearing up. A Hunt of a Different Sort In March I was busy clearing trails on my land in temperatures much ...

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Spring in Ruffed Grouse Country

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

From the frozen ground of early March, until the muddy days of May when the aspens leaf out, it’s a time to work the land in ruffed grouse country. Before the ticks grow ravenous and the grouse are nesting, I got a lot done this spring. Trail Work When the snow was off the ground, I ...

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The Black Spruce Swamp, Edge Cover for Grouse

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

Ruffed grouse are escape artists. Their survival depends on a short flight to safety for the ground-dwelling bird. The black spruce swamp provides edge cover and an easy escape from predators like you and me. Hunt those edges, and you may get a shot at a wild bird in one of the truly wild places. A Unique ...

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