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Sharp-tailed grouse management

The sharp-tailed grouse is native to Wisconsin and historically occupied a large portion of the state, using primarily young, open pine and oak barrens or savanna ecosystems. Long-term population declines across North America, including Wisconsin, have occurred since the early 1900s. Sharp-tailed grouse management began in northern Wisconsin during the late 1940s and early 1950s in response to concerns of habitat loss. Sharp-tailed grouse require large, open spaces and specific habitat for courtship, nesting, brood-rearing and wintering sites. Today, suitable habitat currently exists only in relatively small patches separated by large tracts of unsuitable habitat. The majority of sharp-tailed grouse in Wisconsin are now found in the early successional pine barrens and savannas in the northwestern portion of the state. Some of the larger state-owned areas that focus on sharp-tailed grouse management include the Crex Meadows [exit DNR] and Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Areas in Burnett County.

Contact information
For information on sharp-tailed grouse management, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Last revised: Wednesday February 08 2017