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Contact: Bob Hanson, DNR Wildlife Biologist or 715-225-8597

DNR To Host Public Meeting On Draft Sharp-Tailed Grouse Management Plan

A male sharp-tailed grouse with a purple cheek patch and yellow feathers on its head, ducking down a bit in a field. Sharp-tailed grouse management began in Wisconsin during the late 1940s and early 1950s in response to concerns about habitat loss. Photo credit: Wisconsin DNR

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the draft 2023-2033 Sharp-Tailed Grouse Management Plan, which outlines objectives and strategies to guide sharp-tailed grouse management in Wisconsin.

The draft plan is open to public comment until Nov. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Additionally, the public can provide verbal comments during a public meeting on Nov. 8, being held in-person and via Zoom.

The draft Sharp-Tailed Grouse Management Plan sets a course for how the DNR intends to manage sharp-tailed grouse and the habitat they use. Highlights include:

  • Focusing management on the existing core range of sharp-tailed grouse in northern Wisconsin.
  • Developing cooperative partnerships between public and private organizations.
  • Implementing landscape-level habitat strategies to sustain long-term populations of sharp-tailed grouse.

Comments can be sent via email to Bob Hanson, DNR Wildlife Biologist, at or through the mail until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 17. Please mail comments to:

Sharp-Tailed Grouse Management Plan Comments
Crex Visitor Center
102 E. Crex Ave.
Grantsburg, WI 54840

Sharp-tailed grouse are a native resident game bird of Wisconsin. These grouse depend on young, open pine, oak barren and savanna ecosystems. Historically, sharp-tailed grouse were found throughout the state. Due to habitat loss and fragmentation, most sharp-tailed grouse in Wisconsin are now found in the northwest. Learn more about sharp-tailed grouse on the DNR's website.


What: Public meeting on the draft Sharp-Tailed Grouse Management Plan

When: Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: DNR Spooner Service Center
Large Conference Room
810 W Maple St.
Spooner, WI 54801

Join online via Zoom