Grouse, Pheasant, and Woodcock Hunting Tips

It’s woodcock, pheasant, and grouse hunting season in Minnesota, and we are fortunate to have some of the best bird hunting in the country  here in our own state! Whether you choose to hunt in the 34,000-acre Mille Lacs Wildlife Management Area, the 1.6 million acre Chippewa National Forest, or the far northern forests bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Of The Woods, Minnesota grouse season does not disappoint. 

Here are a few tips for hunting grouse, pheasant, and woodcock in Minnesota:

  • Hunt single file in woodcock covers. It’s safest to walk single file in woodcock cover; when the dog goes on point, you can then spread out with defined shooting lanes.
  • Walk in a line for grouse.  Grouse prefer to run, so spreading out and walking in a horizontal line works best. Grouse are known to be skittish, so it’s best to keep your conversations to a minimum.
  • Don’t rush your shot. Taking your time is especially important for woodcock. Quick shots kill birds, but rushed shots tend to miss.
  • Take time to enjoy the experience. Hunting is about so much more than bagging your limit. Make sure to take some time to enjoy the experience, appreciate the dogs and the company you are with, as well as the beautiful Minnesota land you’re hunting on.

Stay safe and enjoy hunting season!