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2011 MINNESOTA RUFFED GROUSE OPENER: Making inroads to hunter access

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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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