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Drumming Counts 2016

Drumming Counts 2016

Our long wait is rewarded. The 2016 Minnesota Ruffed Grouse Drumming Counts are in. You will be pleased. The Short of It Up 18 percent. Finally back on the upswing of the ten-year population cycle. Grease your guns, oil your boots, give ‘ol pooch a few tosses of the training dummy. September 17 it will ...

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Walking in the Cathedral of Tamaracks

Walking in the Cathedral of Tamaracks

Living in Ruffed Grouse Country we sometimes take for granted the magic in these great Northwoods. Take the tamarack, for example. A pine tree that changes color in the fall and loses it’s needles. It’s a wonder to walk through, needles gently cascading off my shoulders as I make my way. It’s part of what ...

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Contact Sheet: How I Got That Shot

Contact Sheet: How I Got That Shot

By Joel Schnell Great photographs are made, not taken. Preserve those memories of the hunt with a great shot from a fleeting season. Take in all the variables when composing your best shot, such as crop, lighting, camera settings, styling. Spend a little extra effort and reward yourself with a lasting image. Elements of A ...

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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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