Boundary Waters Grouse Hunt in a Chevy Trail Boss Realtree

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Adam Scepaniak 11:22:21

When the change of seasons occurs from summer to fall and the trees change color in the same way, there is something about each of us that makes us want to explore. The fresh air invites us to answer the call of our own adventurous spirit and to detach ourselves from society, even if it is only for a day. In Minnesota, one of the most remote and beautiful stretches of land available to anyone is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It is a treasure of lakes, forests, trails and game. Also, it is a less traveled path and unsurprisingly is not maintained. If you want to venture into the confines of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, you may need to carry a canoe, kayak, or at least be prepared for minimal (and maintenance-free) trails. For these reasons, our staff at AllOutdoor were grateful to roam the landscape in a Silverado Trail Boss Realtree Edition truck on loan from Chevrolet.

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To some, Minnesota is classically known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” with some of the best freshwater fisheries in the Lower 48. A lesser known fact about Minnesota is that we are also one of the top producing states. ruffed grouse. So, for those who want to hunt one of our many species of grouse, you’re in luck because Minnesota is a top destination for grouse hunting. With over 11 million acres of public forest, Minnesota often leads the country in the number of ruffed grouse harvested each year. There are mainly 3 species of grouse in Minnesota that hunters and huntresses look to fill their slow cooker with 2 other tough but delicious game birds.

  • Ruffed grouse – Gray and brown plumage with bars on chest and tail (1 to 1.5 lbs)
  • Spruce Grouse – Gray and black plumage with red “brow comb” over the eye (1 – 1.5 lbs)
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse – Light and dark brown plumage with a yellow “brow comb” over the eye (1.25 to 2 lbs)
  • Woodcock – Brown and black plumage with long, slender bills and unique 360 ​​° vision (10 to 12 oz)
  • Hungarian partridge – Round shape with brown back and gray sides and chest (0.75 – 1 lb)
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Photo credit: MN DNR

For where we were heading near the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Region, we could harvest 3 different game birds: spruce grouse, ruffed grouse, and woodcock. Unfortunately, sharp-tailed grouse are not native to the wilderness of the Boundary Waters canoeing region; their home range is slightly further south and west. The other game bird of the Hungarian partridge also has a very small home range in far northwest Minnesota, far from the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Zone. So all of the hitting the trails we were about to do, we would be focused on the spruce grouse, ruffed grouse and woodcock.

For those who have never hunted grouse, if you haven’t the men’s best friend hunting alongside you to help chase birds from the undergrowth, your next best tactic is to think outside the box and walk many miles. Tetras in the fall prepare as much for winter as any other animal. They search for food, seek future shelters and even regroup (regroup). It is not uncommon to see 3 to 5 grouse at a time in a flock together.

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On a typical grouse hunting day, I will walk 10-15 miles on abandoned, overgrown forest trails. Some are so wrapped up in growth that it’s just a forgotten hiking trail now wide enough for an outdoor person with nimble feet; nothing more. It can lead to heartbreaking and hair-raising experiences in nature. I was miles from my vehicle and dozens of miles from receiving a cell phone while encountering 150-pound Wood Wolves on foot. With nothing more than a double barreled shotgun for the grouse, a fillet knife for processing, and a pistol on my hip, these are the times when you realize who the ultimate woodland predator really is.

On less cinematic days, I can often see a dozen ruffed grouse (and harvest my daily limit), find old moose litter grounds, and stumble upon streams so clear and untapped from society they look purer than bottled water. Those days in the distance – both calm and frightening – are what makes getting out into the wilderness worth it.

“I went into the woods because I wanted to live on purpose… and see if I couldn’t learn what he had to teach, and no, when I came to die, to find out that I hadn’t lived. – Henry David Thoreau

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This day in the wild has brought me to a few secluded trout lakes and streams that cannot be found on a map. During the trip, no grouse were found, but it is part of the adventure of the hunt; your success is never guaranteed. To reach those remote areas that I discovered over many years in the wilderness, the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Realtree pickup truck was genuinely valuable. The roads that cross the boundary waters are infrequently used, poorly maintained and unpredictable. A reliable vehicle for getting in and out is comforting when your hunt is already unfamiliar. A few pre-planned grouse hunting destinations took us on familiar trails while other times we had to find new routes, and the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Realtree pickup brought us home.

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A big thank you for Chevrolet for allowing AllOutdoor to make our adventures even more enjoyable by exploring and climbing the Upper National Forest, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its surrounding landscape in their unique Silverado Trail Boss Realtree Edition To recover. It’s very appreciated. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.


Video and photography

All quality photographs for this review were taken by the wonderful and accomplished Savannah Pierson of Shrewd photography while the video work was carried out by the versatile and gifted Jens kallgren of High gloss media. They are both pinnacles of knowledge and expertise in their fields, and their help has been greatly appreciated.

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