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I was wondering where the best places to look for ruffed grouse are in Northern Wisconsin. I just started hunting last year and

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  • I was wondering where the best places to look for ruffed grouse are in Northern Wisconsin. I just started hunting last year and

    I was wondering where the best places to look for ruffed grouse are in Northern Wisconsin. I just started hunting last year and I'm having a hard time finding them.

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    When it's hot and dry out, look for areas where there is small springs or in draws with plent of cover. When it's cold look for areas where old and new spruce trees converge. The grouse like to feed on the young spruce trees, but like the cover of the older spruce to keep them warm. A lot of wnadering in the off season will also help you to find hot spots.

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    • #3
      During the fall look for places with small popple trees. Also, during the winter look in pine trees for Ruff grouse, right before sun set. They will usually be feeding then.

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      • #4
        find heavy cover under evergreens and send your dog in, or crawl on your belly. if you get into an area and find piles of droppings keep your eyes peeled, they tend to keep together in flocks when its cold.

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        • #5
          Look for public land or paper company land, this is all open to hunting and there is plenty of it. I find success in the big hardwoods, near windfalls and boulders. I took a trip north this fall and must have put up 25 birds, I never saw 1/3 of them, just heard a flush and said which way did he go? About 1/3 I saw but never got a shot at, and of the final 1/3 I shot at I got ONE bird. If you can find them, rest assured they will humiliate you.

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          • #6
            paper companys have great land to hunt. tree lines away from power line lanes with thick undergrowth are the ticket.

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            • #7
              Also, grouse are some crafty birds; it's possible that you walk right by them if you don't have a dog. Slow down just a bit and stop frequently. The birds get nervous when you stop and often take off when otherwise they would watch you hike right past them.

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              • #8
                Chequamagn National Forest. Pretty much covers northern WI. Just find the right territory, like what was listed above and you will do fine if you can hit the tricky buggers.

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                • #9
                  places with thick underbrush.

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                  • #10
                    Paper company land for sure!

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