Will grouse drumming counts hold up?
We know the facts: Ruffed grouse drumming counts were up modestly in both Minnesota and Wisconsin this past spring.
Here's what we don't know: How did the extended cool, wet weather in early June affect survival of nesting grouse chicks?
Mike Larson, grouse biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Grand Rapids, isn't worried. Yes, he says, weather can be a factor in local areas -- but usually not regionwide or statewide.