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The Amazing Aspen

The Amazing Aspen

By Joel Schnell It may be the largest organism by mass in the world, and one of the oldest still living. Ruffed grouse thrive in it’s ecosystem, along with a lot of other critters. It’s all over North America and as common as it gets to Minnesotans- the aspen tree. Wearing the World Champion Belt In the ...

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Spring Shooting Gun Cleaning

Spring Shooting Gun Cleaning

  By Joel Schnell Spring shooting league starts this week, so it’s time to oil the range iron. It’s a good time for a thorough inspection, in place of the light clean-ups I apply throughout the year. I’m not going to bore you with a how-to, but here’s some tips I’ve found useful. Funny name, useful tool: ...

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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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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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