Ruffed grouse population count low as season opens


Minnesota's annual season for ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and other small game opened Sept. 14. The state Department of Natural Resources anticipates that it may not be a productive season for hunters.

The Pioneer Press, citing a story from Forum News, reported that grouse numbers are down across the state. Ruffed grouse populations typically follow a 10-year cycle of boom and bust, and this year is thought to be the low point in the cycle. In addition, a damp and chilly late spring and early summer created a stressful environment for chicks.

Meanwhile, on Friday the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa confirmed that it will not hold a moose hunt. The Duluth News Tribune reported that the band made it's decision because moose numbers across the state have dropped sharply.

The DNR announced last winter it would cancel its hunt after an annual survey found the moose population fell by 35 percent in one year. Scientists are studying hundreds of GPS-collared moose to find out what is contributing to the decline.

Earlier this month, the Grand Portage Band also cancelled its moose hunt.

Next Up

prison, Rush City cell block

Former Army Green Beret and U of M student sentenced for Russian espionage

Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 46, was sentenced to 188 months in prison.

Miguel Sano

Miguel SanĂ³'s 8th inning blast ends Twins losing streak

The 5-4 victory over the A's snapped a five-game losing streak.

Thomas Humphrey, charged in vaccine thefts.

Viral videos of vaccine thefts lead to charges for MN anti-vaxxer

Thomas Edward Humphrey is a 32-year-old St. Paul resident.

Kyle Imdieke of Osakis, Minnesota.

Community rallies around family of MN coach who died suddenly

Kyle Imdieke was a beloved educator at Osakis High School.

Hinckley crash

Fatal crash that closed north I-35 caused when SUV crossed median

The incident occurred Friday afternoon one mile south of Hinckley in eastern Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2021-05-15 at 7.17.27 AM

Viral video: Customer argues with Menards worker over store mask policy

The incident happened in Buffalo on Thursday, hours after the CDC issued new guidance on face masks for vaccinated people.

Sylvia Fowles

Phoenix, Minnesota live up to the hype in WNBA opener

Diana Taurasi hit the game-winning shot with 1.1 seconds to play.

Josh Donaldson

Oakland smacks four home runs to extend Twins' horrific start

The A's handed the Twins a 6-1 loss on Friday night.


Spring Lake Park Hy-Vee to open by the end of May

A dozen Hy-Vee stores are now located in the Twin Cities metro area.

PXG Store Manager Derek Holmes Qualifies for the PGA Championship

Minnesota golf store manager qualifies for PGA Championship

No word if he'll have to burn some vacation days to play in the PGA Championship!