Jerry Kolter

Jerry Kolter is a nationally recognized trainer whose dogs have won numerous grouse dog championships and awards. He has more than 20 years of training, upland bird guiding and field trial experience. He and his wife, Betsy, own Northwoods Bird Dogs, a breeding and training facility.

Minnesota and Wisconsin grouse and woodcock seasons

Posted by: Jerry Kolter Updated: August 13, 2009 - 1:06 PM

There are two kinds of hunting:  ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting.
~ Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

It begins with those first chilly nights in August. Then the days shorten noticeably and the angle of the light is different. My favorite time of year is now very near.

Following are dates for the grouse and woodcock seasons for Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as survey information.

See you in the woods!

Ruffed Grouse    Sat., Sept. 19, 2009 – Sun., Jan. 3, 2010
Woodcock         Sat., Sept. 19, 2009 – Mon., Nov. 2, 2009

For information on the 2009 spring grouse surveys, visit:

Ruffed Grouse, Zone A        Sat., Sept. 12, 2009 – Sun., Jan. 31, 2010
Ruffed Grouse, Zone B        Sat., Oct. 17, 2009 – Tue., Dec. 8, 2009
Woodcock                         Sat., Sept. 19, 2009 – Mon., Nov. 2, 2009

For state zone map, visit:
For ruffed grouse drumming survey, visit:
For 10-week brood observation, visit:


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