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9/12/03 @ 11:53 AM
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150class
User since 8/24/01
Let us know where youre finding the birds, what were the conditions, what type of terrain.

Lets here some good dog stories as well.

Can we attach pictures in this forum now?

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9/13/19 @ 6:27 AM
wam80
User since 1/31/09

I use to deer hunt the Necedah wildlife refuge.  I have not done so in about 18 years.  I would see a good amount of grouse.  Does anyone hunt the refuge for grouse still?  Is it worth a 3 hour drive for a weekend later in the season?

9/5/19 @ 10:58 PM
Brule100
User since 3/6/18

Habitat in Douglas County where I hunt is the best it's been since the 70s. Despite that, there have been low numbers. Having pursued grouse for 40 years, I understand that there is something else, possibly West Nile, contributing to the low numbers. I agree that road hunters, including trail hunters on ATVs, ground swat far too many birds. This is not challenging, sportsmanlike, or ethical. Comparable to poaching deer from a vehicle.

8/29/19 @ 9:47 PM
Birdyboy
Birdyboy
User since 8/24/07

Frenchbrit I am with you. 


I had guys run up ahead of me on the logging trails in Chequamegon last year on ATVs only to stop 100 yards ahead and shoot birds off the ground. I was really bummed as I was working slowly with my old dog trying to get her on some birds in what might have been her last season. Road hunting, in all its forms, should be outlawed.  It’s not sporting and the birds deserve more respect. 

8/29/19 @ 6:55 PM
frenchbrit
User since 7/24/01

Brother- I agree. I really wish they would outlaw road hunting. Period. I'm older but cannot hunt like I used to as my back won't tolerate it. But I can still walk the trails and old logging roads. I know a guy who brags that shot 43 grouse last season. Road hunting! Disgusting to me. He's not disabled. Bear hunters take a toll as well. Its part of their hunting to shoot grouse off the road.  Late season guys watch the tree tops and shoot them in the tree. Now that's pretty sportsman's like isn't it. Sad.

8/29/19 @ 6:32 PM
Brother of the brush
User since 1/22/12

I'm not so sure if it's the bird hunters their worried about.  Drive around in the evening late season, in some areas the birds are thick sitting in trees along the road.  Easy pickins for the road warriors.

8/29/19 @ 3:52 PM
river_chaser
User since 10/3/12

a different version

8/29/19 @ 3:07 PM
Whywork
User since 7/6/09

I haven't seen anything official yet, just a few posts on Facebook. Hopefully, I am wrong on this and Natural Resources Board and the DNR don't move forward with the early closure, but attached below is what I saw. I sent them my comments during the public input period, but if this is true, they didn't do much good...

8/29/19 @ 1:49 PM
JKling
User since 10/17/08

Agree 100% with that post as well. Is it for sure that they clipped the season again? I know they were talking about it, and not surprised that it is, but can't find any confirmation of that. Where'd you see that?

8/29/19 @ 6:05 AM
Duffin
User since 12/16/10

Whywork, you are spot on with your post  


8/28/19 @ 10:15 PM
Whywork
User since 7/6/09

Well, evidently the January season is gone for this year and likely forever. A clear case of science being overlooked for the impression of "doing something". I have never seen a report where hunting of grouse during any part of the season is detrimental to the population.  In any report I've ever seen, it has always been that birds harvested are birds that would have been lost anyway, not additional losses. And I have to believe that is especially true in January, where anyone who has ever hunted late season can tell you, late season birds are hard to even get close to, very hard to get shooting at, and almost impossible to kill. But I have always been ok with that, just enjoying getting out with the dogs and maybe getting a grouse contact or two. I do not have all the answers, but I have been hunting grouse in Wisconsin for 43 years, and my take on this is that unless we do something to re-establish good grouse habitat, all the regulations and restrictions are just window dressing. Instead of looking at the real problem, loss and degradation of habitat, the NRB and DNR just decided to cut the season short to "save" a few birds for next year. Well, guys, unless we have habitat, which is disappearing at a sickening rate, you can shorten the season all you want, and it won't do anything to save the birds in the long run. I am pushing 70, and even if they start logging and clear-cutting to create some good grouse habitat, I probably won't be around to enjoy it. I guess I'm OK with that, I have a ton of recollections that will last me for a lifetime. But I sure would like to think that future generations would be able to enjoy the thrill of a really great day in the grouse woods. January closures won't ensure that. Habitat restorations just might.

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