Poor outlook for quality upland game bird hunting

As we get closer to Octoberís hunting season, itís notable that with the decline in pheasants, grouse now provide about the only traditional upland bird hunting game in the state. While many enjoy grouse (and woodcock, if available) hunting, maturing habitat (and perhaps bad nesting weather and predation) seems to be taking a toll on this once abundant game bird. Note below the average statewide grouse harvest per participating hunter (3 birds) for the entire season.

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