Lake of the Woods Area Grouse Hunting

One of the great fall activities up at Lake of the Woods is grouse hunting.  It seems there are two criteria very important for grouse hunters looking to bag some “chickens of the northwoods”.   First is the availability of public hunting land.  The second, a lot of grouse.

There is an area just to the west of Baudette that has both.  Beltrami Island State Forest is an area with thousands of acres of land, dirt roads, ATV trails and walking trails which is very good grouse habitat. There is some much habitat and such a variety of habitat that grouse have everything they want and need to flourish.  That means success for would be grouse hunters.

I had the chance to get out with some friends in the forest this past weekend and wasn’t disappointed.  Yes, we bagged some grouse.  In our case, we shot mainly ruffed grouse with a couple of spruce grouse thrown in.  With such a beautiful area, the hunt would have been a success from just the sheer beauty and getting out into the woods.

There is also a third variety of grouse around Lake of the Woods, the sharp tailed grouse.  Sharpies primarily hang out in more agricultural settings, hence, we didn’t see any this past weekend.  Check out the quick video from the woods!

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