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Will grouse drumming counts hold up?

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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?

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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.

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