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Grouse Hunter’s Tech: Lead Shot in the Uplands

Grouse Hunter’s Tech: Lead Shot in the Uplands

by Joel Schnell April 8, 2016 Recently the Minnesota DNR proposed banning lead shot in Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s) in the farmland zone, roughly the Southern 2/3 of the state. Would this effect grouse hunters? Let’s take a look at this volatile issue. Q: What’s Lead Shot? A: Lead shot is a naturally occurring element ...

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Grouse Hunter’s Tech: Mobile GPS Apps

Grouse Hunter’s Tech: Mobile GPS Apps

By Joel Schnell March 18, 2016 A quiet revolution in upland hunting occurred a few years ago. Everything about how the roving ruffed grouse hunter approaches finding new covers has changed for the better. Mobile GPS apps have changed the game. What’s New in Phone GPS? What’s changed a few years ago is the Global ...

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A Snowshoe Adventure in Ruffed Grouse Country

A Snowshoe Adventure in Ruffed Grouse Country

By Ryan Schmidt January 25, 2016 Published February 29, 2016 We had our annual snowshoe trip this weekend! Just got back today. We put on 8 miles on snowshoes, 6 miles on cross country skis, and 3 hours on the hockey skates! Hot sauna each day, great food and drink, perfect weather, and a great ...

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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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