Department of Natural Resources: Sharp-tailed Grouse Hunting Season Remains Closed for Fall 2022

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the fall 2022 sharp-tailed grouse hunting season remains closed due to spring survey results and concerns about long-term viability. term of the sharp-tailed grouse population. Permits and applications will not be available or accepted this year.

Each year, the Sharp-tailed Grouse Advisory Committee, comprised of interested conservation groups and MNR wildlife biologists, uses spring ground surveys to assess population size.

The recommendation to keep the sharp-tailed grouse hunting season closed follows a review of spring 2022 survey data, historical data trends and scientific models that indicate a potential marked decline in population viability if the hunt was to take place this fall. This is the fourth year that the season has been closed.

Although no permits will be issued this year, the sharp-tailed grouse will retain its status as a game species under state law, focusing on habitat management efforts that will increase levels of population in their main range. Enthusiasts of Wisconsin’s strong and historic tradition of sharp-tailed grouse hunting should be encouraged by the extensive partnerships in the northwest part of the state. Sharp-tailed grouse enthusiasts can watch for opportunities for public participation during the update of the sharp-tailed grouse management plan currently underway.

MNR staff hope the public will continue to respond positively to ongoing habitat management efforts to restore the young forests and heathland habitats that sharp-tailed grouse depend on for their survival.

More information on sharp-tailed grouse hunting and management in Wisconsin is available on the DNR website.

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