Ruffed Grouse Hunting

Northern Wisconsin boasts of the largest ruffed grouse population in the nation, and Price County is located right in the center of Wisconsin’s Northwoods with over 300,000 acres of huntable land available.

Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World


Park Falls, in northern Price County, has more habitat for ruffed grouse than most places and its claim to fame is as the “Ruffed Grouse Capital of the World.”

Ruffed grouse are found throughout the forest with the best populations in areas with a combination of young and old aspen trees. Aspen is one of the most common tree species in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Clumps of evergreen trees interspersed among the aspen provide ideal hiding places for grouse. Miles of mapped hunter walking trails have been developed. The trails are seeded, mowed and are gated to exclude motorized vehicles.


A Hunter's Story

I can say that Ruffed Grouse hunting is the most exhilarating yet humbling -- at the same time -- hunting I have ever done. Here are my rough statistics from about 8 days of hunting:  Distance walked = about 40 miles; Distance the dog walked = about 150 miles?;  Calories burned = countless;  Muscles exhausted = lots; Grouse flushed = about 100; Grouse seen after the flush = about 75; Shots fired at flushing grouse = 20; Grouse bagged = 5. This comes from a seasoned wingshooter who considers himself pretty quick and pretty good on flushing birds!  My, oh my, how my tail is tucked. I drove back home to Arkansas on Sunday, October 11.  Your tree colors had just reached peak, as defined by me and my friend…Gorgeous. I was 1 for 1 on Woodcock.  I sprinkled three fishing trips in among the hunts.  I caught about 10 walleyes, 5 smallmouth bass, 2 rock bass, and a black crappie. Guy L., Sherwood, Arkansas
Ruffed Grouse

Guides


Guides are available to assist you in your quest for feathered dynamite in the Price County region. For additional information regarding grouse hunting in Wisconsin, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s website grouse hunting page.

Resources

Links to the current year survey results will be posted when they are available from the Wisconsin Department of Resources Wildlife Reports page at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/reports.html.