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Sharp-tailed grouse hunting

Attention: Twenty-five permits are available for the 2018 sharp-tailed grouse season. Permits are only available in Game Management Unit 8.

Season Dates: October 20 - November 11

Application Period: August 1-31

Applications can be purchased online at or at any license agent starting August 1.

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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For information on sharp-tailed grouse hunting, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
Last revised: Monday July 16 2018