The public will have an opportunity to provide input and comments on a proposed ruffed grouse management plan for Wisconsin in person at a series of public hearings as wells as online. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is drafting a ruffed grouse management plan that outlines objectives and strategies to guide ruffed grouse management in the state from 2020-2030.
The draft management plan will be available on the DNR website from July 30 through Aug. 26. Anyone interested in reading the plan and submitting a comment can search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "ruffed grouse management."
DNR staff will also present the plan at three informational sessions around the state. All of the sessions will run from 7 to 8 p.m. The sessions will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Spooner DNR Service Center; Wednesday, Aug. 21, Black River Falls DNR Services Center; and Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Rhinelander DNR Service Center.
"Ruffed grouse are one of the most popular and widely-distributed game birds in the state of Wisconsin. They are a vital resource for Wisconsin's outdoor enthusiasts and economy and an important component of Wisconsin's outdoor heritage," noted Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist. "This management plan is intended to guide both long-term and emerging needs in ruffed grouse management, to serve as an outreach tool for increasing knowledge and awareness about ruffed grouse, and to providing opportunities to engage stakeholders and grouse enthusiasts on grouse management issues."