Bill Marchel

Bill Marchel, of Fort Ripley, Minnesota, is a full-time wildlife and outdoors writer and photographer. He specializes in game birds, mammals and outdoor sports, such as hunting and fishing. For more information, visit his website at

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Photo of the week

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: September 28, 2009 - 7:16 PM

In honor of the upcoming Minnesota duck hunting opener, here is an image of drake mallard taking flight. 

Ruffed Grouse

Posted by: Bill Marchel Updated: September 28, 2009 - 6:13 PM
For ruffed grouse hunters, the next few weeks will be prime hunting time.  The broods are dispersing, and adult males can be heard drumming in defense of their home ranges.  Recent cool and windy weather will hasten leaf fall allowing hunters a more open understory.  Concentrate your hunting efforts near aspen forests that have been clear-cut during the past decade.  Grouse will concentrate around favorite food sources such as grey dogwood.


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