Minnesota offers some of the best grouse hunting in the country with 11 million acres of public hunting land, 528 designated hunting areas in the ruffed grouse range covering nearly 1 million acres, more than 40 designated ruffed grouse management areas and 600 miles of hunter walking trails.
Koochiching Country and the area surrounding Rainy Lake is one of the few places where all three of the state’s native grouse species reside. Sharp-tailed, ruffed and spruce grouse are all plentiful here, making hunters’ chances of success high: even in down years of the grouse population's cycle, Kooch forests and fields fairly hum with grouse activity.
According to DNR records, Minnesota hunters annually harvest about 10,000 to 20,000 spruce grouse and an average of 500,000 ruffed grouse. In addition to a sturdy pair of waterproof boots, a blaze orange hat and vest and a shotgun, all you need to hunt grouse in Minnesota is a valid small game license. Check the DNR website for season information.