Contact(s): Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861; Jaqi Christopher, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458
MADISON - An emergency rule is now in effect to move the season closing date for ruffed grouse hunting in Zone A from Jan. 31, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2018.
The ruffed grouse season opened Sept.15 in Zone A. The change does not impact season dates for Zone B, which runs from Oct. 20 to Dec. 8, 2018. Bag limits remain at five birds in Zone A and three birds in Zone B.
Emergency rules are effective for 150 days, so the early closure only applies to the 2018-19 season. Department of Natural Resources staff have begun working with partners on a statewide ruffed grouse management plan that will outline the future of ruffed grouse management in Wisconsin. This plan is expected to be completed in early 2020.
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved this emergency rule at its Sept. 26 meeting. For more information regarding ruffed grouse hunting in Wisconsin, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "ruffed grouse."