There's more to Minnesota than 10,000 lakes. Try 11 million acres of public hunting land, 528 designated hunting areas in the ruffed grouse range covering nearly 1 million acres, more than 40 designated ruffed grouse management areas and 600 miles of hunter walking trails.
Minnesota offers some of the best grouse hunting in the country. Even in down years of the grouse population's boom-and-bust cycle, hunters in other states still envy our flush rates and hunter success rates remain high.
Grouse already know Minnesota is the perfect place. It's time you did, too.
Submit samples for DNR studies
Sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken hunters can voluntarily submit samples from birds harvested in Minnesota for two DNR studies. One study aims to better understand how these birds move through the landscape. The other is assessing prairie grouse exposure to chemicals called neonicotinoids through consumption of treated seeds and other means. Hunters can choose to submit samples for either study or both. For both studies, GPS and personal data will not be made public.
Help in DNR's landscape genetics study by submitting wings from sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken.
Submit tissue samples
Neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides that are commonly applied to seeds before planting. For the study on neonicotinoid exposure in grouse and prairie chickens, hunters can voluntarily submit whole frozen liver or breast tissue from harvested sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chickens, or whole birds, in Ziploc-type bags, along with the location where the bird was harvested (GPS coordinates preferred). The study aims to assess whether prairie grouse have been recently exposed to neonicotinoids through consumption of treated seeds and other means.
Samples should be stored frozen in a sealed plastic bag after harvest and can be dropped off at a local DNR wildlife office by appointment during regular business hours. Visit the DNR office locator to find a local office.
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