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Sharp-tailed grouse hunting

No permits are available for the 2017 sharp-tailed grouse season.

Each year the Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee uses spring dancing ground surveys to recommend permit levels for the sharp-tailed grouse hunting season. Due to an 18% decline in observed birds this spring, the committee's recommendation has been approved for zero sharp-tailed grouse permits available in 2017.

Sharp-tailed grouse populations have been declining across North America since the early 1900's. For the past 60 years, Wisconsin has implemented habitat management plans in the northwestern part of the state to benefit grouse. Even though the population has not yet recovered to historic levels, wildlife managers believe a limited harvest can be sustainable in years when the population numbers are high enough.

The Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee hopes to increase harvest opportunities in future years when indices to population health suggest it appropriate to do so. We offer our continued thanks to those who remain passionate about Wisconsin's strong and historic tradition of sharp-tailed grouse hunting.

No permits or applications will be made available for the 2017 sharp tailed grouse season.

For more information on sharp-tailed grouse in Wisconsin:

Contact information
For information on sharp-tailed grouse hunting, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-261-8458
Last revised: Monday June 26 2017