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A Year in Ruffed Grouse Country 2015

A Year in Ruffed Grouse Country 2015

By Joel Schnell February 7, 2016 2016 was a year of a young pup coming of age, a nest of ruffed grouse eggs on my land, and birds brought to hand. Every month offers something for the outdoors person in Minnesota. Relive the year 2015 in photos from my blog. Donate to this website Joel ...

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Ruffed Grouse Country Snowmobiling

Ruffed Grouse Country Snowmobiling

By Joel Schnell January 21, 2016 Winter in ruffed grouse country is a quiet study of beauty and survival. Under a pristine blanket of snow the ruffed grouse roosts, warm in his cocoon until it’s time to feed again. Now is the time to see the Northern Boreal Forest on a landscape level, without the leaves ...

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Late Season Silence

Late Season Silence

by Joel Schnell January 3, 2016 Late season for ruffed grouse in Minnesota is an enchanted time. Gone is the riot of color of fall leaves. All that is left is a blanket of clean snow, the rustling of the cold North wind, and the tinkle of a creek fighting to keep open water. Peaceful ...

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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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