- Ruffed Grouse
- Sharp-Tailed Grouse
East central zone hunting season closed
Minnesota’s sharp-tailed grouse population has declined significantly in the east-central prompting the DNR to close the hunting season in the east-central zone for 2021 and future years.
Work will continue with the Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society to explore habitat management options.
Sharp-tailed grouse habitat changes are driven by brushlands becoming forest, conversion to other land uses and less fire and other large-scale disturbances on the landscape that historically created and maintained the large open areas of grassland and brushland.
Closing the season is difficult but imperative. Sharp-tailed grouse in the area currently exist in association with limited and disjunct habitats where harvest of even a few birds could seriously impact sustainability and genetic diversity within these isolated populations.
Reports & surveys
- Spruce Grouse
- Hungarian Partridge
Report archive: Grouse reports & statistics