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 ...

Read More

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 ...

Read More

Dogwood, A Ruffed Grouse Favorite

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Hunting | No Comments

Where I find dogwood, I find ruffed grouse. It’s just that simple. Watch for little, hard white berries at chest height. Grouse love ’em. Red Osier Dogwood  (Cornus sericea (stolonifera)) is part of the willow/dogwood shrub swamp transitional zone. According to the MN DNR website: “Red-osier dogwood is a common shrub throughout Minnesota. It is especially abundant ...

Read More

A Snow Tour of the North Shore

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in snowmobiling | No Comments

I have a new favorite ride. It’s called the George’s Gorge trail between Silver Bay and Finland, Minnesota. It takes you from near the shores of Lake Superior up to the top of the Sawtooth Mountain ridge high above the lake. It follows a winding gorge near a stream flowing to the greatest of the ...

Read More