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Sharp-tailed grouse hunting

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.

Each year the Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee uses spring dancing ground surveys to recommend permit levels for the sharp-tailed grouse hunting season. Recommendations are considered by the Department of Natural Resources and a decision is made on how many permits are available. The Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee and the DNR hope 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.

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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 November 12 2018