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2011 MINNESOTA RUFFED GROUSE OPENER: Making inroads to hunter access


If the success of your ruffed grouse hunt in the Brainerd lakes area hinges on the number of birds bagged, this could be an iffy season.

But if your idea of a successful hunt is basking in the September sun on accessible land groomed especially for hunters, you’re in luck in 2011.

Yes, while a wet spring could negatively impact young ruffed grouse numbers, drum averages in the area are up. So, too, is the ever-growing count of hunter walking trails. 

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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