According to the 2015 Minnesota Grouse Survey is the most popular upland bird in Minnesota. October is the perfect time to come hunt for Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Grand Rapids has over 1 million acres of public accessible land in part to the Blandin working forest easements that opened up over 187,000 acres that are accessible for multi-use, including hunting. The Minnesota Grouse Survey showed a significant increase in drumm counts in 2014 that was up by 34% from 2013, and 2015 study showed it maintained the increase from the previous year. For the American Woodcock Minnesota’s singing ground survey showed an increase of 28.12% over 2014, according to the RGS 2015 survey.
According to the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), Grand Rapids is the perfect location because of the good wildlife management and forestry management that has produced the perfect wildlife habitat for Grouse and Woodcock. This is the reason the RGS has held its annual National Hunt for Lifetime Members in Grand Rapids, MN for 34 years. This hunt is organized and hosted by the Grand Rapids MN Ruffed Grouse Society Chapter. Participants stay at the Sawmill Inn in Grand Rapids. Since 1982, the RGS of Grand Rapids has delivered a forum that promotes the wildlife conservation activities of RGS, to provide an opportunity to study grouse and woodcock ecology. The Hunt provides an unparalleled opportunity to study the population ecology of these important upland game birds. This event take places first full week in October each year; with a variety of social events being hosted at the Sawmill Inn.
Grand Rapids, Minnesota is located in Itasca County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has wonderful hunting maps for each county of the state. Check out the MN DNR hunting land maps, and select Itasca in the drop down box to pull all of the public hunting land maps. Remember safety first when hunting. Before you head out to hunt, make sure you have read and are made aware of the Minnesota Hunting Regulations and MN Firearm Safety.
Many of the Grand Rapids Lodging properties are pet friendly and welcome hunters to come stay and lodge with their dog. They may be certain restrictions while on property with your dog, so you will want to may sure to ask about each properties pet friendly guidelines. In Grand Rapids you will find conveniently located Hotels and Motels, Quaint B&B’s and Minnesota Fishing and Hunting Resorts. Check out the Visit Grand Rapids Fall Hot Lodging for special deals and discounts to stay in the Grand Rapids area.
Want to know more about the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area? You can download or request a Grand Rapids Visitor Guide or you can call to speak live to a travel information specialist today at 1-800-335-9740.