posted on November 26, 2013 21:42
Each year Michigan grouse hunters spend more than $1,000 on hunting gear, guns, ammunition, lodging, and food. In total, hunters contribute about $108 million dollars to the state’s economy.
Overall, the Department of Natural Resources says that grouse numbers are similar to last year for Michigan. A solid production of the bird’s natural food like red and white acorns, apples and wild grapes has helped the populations remain consistent.
Every state has good hunting areas, and most local hunters know just where to go to find the best bird populations. Northern Michigan is known for having great grouse hunting, but there are plenty of counties in southern Michigan that should also be on your radar.
So if you live in the southern half of the state, where should you be hunting grouse this season? Here are a few of the best grouse hunting counties in southern Michigan.
St. Claire County
The northern area of St. Claire County is covered in hardwood forests that follow the Black River. Southern portions of the state have modest amounts of grouse habitat, and hunters can expect to find good-sized pockets of grouse. Check along the bushy edges of openings among aspen, birch, cherry and dogwood.
Experts say that Tuscola County has some of the best and most abundant cover for grouse around. Focus your efforts in younger aspen stands, and don’t overlook the lowland brush near drainage ditches. Even some hardwood openings with lowland brush could give you a few good opportunities.
For 40 years local communities have contributed to the forest management efforts of this country, turning it into a great place for grouse hunting with plenty of young aspen for cover.
Visiting these counties is your first step to having a successful grouse hunting season.
Do you have any favorite hunting spots in Michigan?
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