Grouse hunting season arrives for faithful hunters
By Ken M. Blomberg
It’s a tradition. A tradition that spans more than a decade. Opening day of Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse hunting season begins for us in the forested hills west of Tomah. This year, an opening day with friend Tim, No. 2 son and several of our upland bird dogs.
The grouse hunting season begins each year on the Saturday closest to the 15th of September and extends to the last day of January – 138 days. That makes it one of the longest hunting seasons in our state. Only the cottontail rabbit season lasts longer – to the end of February – but grouse season ties with the squirrel hunt, which also ends at the end of January.
Like opening days of baseball, football and basketball seasons, the first golf round at area courses and the annual nine-day deer hunt, our grouse (last Saturday) and woodcock (next Saturday) openers hold special meanings to the faithful. Collectively, we are all launched into a time of the year anxiously anticipated since the curtains fell on last year’s seasons. Something only those inflicted might understand. Something our non-hunting spouses know about, but scratch their heads in wonder.
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