GROUSE

Ruffed grouse

Spruce grouse

more limited sharp-tailed grouse and hungarian partridge populations in the remaining prairies of northwest and east central Minnesota. 

09/16/17 - 01/01/18

Harvest Season

1. Did You Harvest?

a photo of your harvest in the field!

 

The RecipeS:

2. Did You Eat?

a photo of your meal!

 

The RecipeS:

FIELD NOTES

 

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What don't I know about grouse?
How do I identify grouse species?
Where do I locate grouse?
How do I properly shoot a grouse?
How do I field dress and clean a grouse?
How do I pin out the tail?
How do I store and preserve grouse?

The

HOW TO BE

 

GEAR GUIDE

SHOTGUN

The right grouse gun is easy to carry, quick to swing, mount & fire without creating too much recoil. A pump action has greater capacity to carry and fire more shells. Choose the ubiquitous 12 gauge or a 16 on a small frame.

AMMUNITION

Pick shells that match the gauge size of your gun. Birdshot contains smaller pellets. Select #9, #8 , #7.5. These will carry better through the thick brush grouse inhabit. Your shotgun is marked “x gauge x inch”. Inch lengths including: 2.5, 2.75, 3 and 3.5. Never fire shells longer than your marking.

FIELD DRESSING KIT

You'll want to clean these birds in the field at the end of your hunt. Some gallon size zip-loc bags and wet wipes will make clean work.

GAME SHEARS

The safer and more efficient tool for quick clips during field dressing.

KNIFE

For field dressing birds.

HEAD

Go blaze orange beanie or baseball cap depending on the temps.

HANDS

When it gets colder, put on a pair of glove liners with good grip. 

Look for windproof fabric technologies that protect from the elements

while maintaining dexterity.

TOP: BASE LAYER

Select wool or synthetic tee shirts or 1/4 zip long sleeves. These fabrics are great with moisture transfer and odor avoidance. 

JACKET / VEST 

A great all around small game vest is durable, water repellent and features ample organization for ammo and spacious game pockets.

UNDERWEAR

Ex Officio, always. Wear one pair all weekend with the most comfortable, breathable, quick drying briefs.

BOTTOMS

A great everyday then into the outdoors pant has a comfortable cut, 4 way stretch tech fabric and a range of crossover colors. 

SOCKS

Wool socks transfer moisture most efficiently, avoid odor and continue to insulate when wet. Select greater weight and cuff height for lower temperatures.

FOOTWEAR 

There can be many miles before a bird is encountered. You’ll want boots that are light, tough, and waterproof. 

Apparel

Equipment

COMPLETE A GROUSE HARVEST?

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1. Did You Harvest?

2. Did You Eat?

3. Repeat!

You harvested a natural food source from your local environment. That's awesome. 

It's an honest, well earned meal. Proceeds from that license you bought will protect and sustain more acres of habitat for future animals. 

You deserve a reward. Maybe one day, after you submit photos of your hunt and harvest, you'll receive a grouse token, that unlocks merchandise exclusive to those are one with the grouse. That day is not today. But you're excited even without the incentive, you say?! Well, submit and share your bounty anyways! 

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