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member (10)member
10/03/2019 08:18AM
Planning to get out to BWCA next weekend for some fall fishing and exploring and wondering if it's worth bringing the 12ga. I've not hunted in the BWCA before, so I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions? I'm especially interested in ruffed grouse and other small game. The only special reg for BWCA I'm aware of is that you can't hunt within 150' of a trail or portage. Anything else I've missed (other than what's in the regs)?

Any ideas on the best approach for finding grouse up there? I should also mention- this would be my first time hunting for grouse.

Thanks for any ideas, tips, or suggestions!
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10/05/2019 04:01PM
Sounds like the weather might not be the best. Maybe some snow.
senior member (87)senior membersenior member
10/06/2019 08:52PM
We just got back from a good grouse hunt south of Williams. We are going to Isabella later this week through the weekend. Hunted right up to the Snake River EP last two years. We flushed a number of grouse tripping off LIS this summer. Putting an many many miles.
I have also thought about grouse hunting the BWCA. Not sure how I would start but think I would hunt the portages and trails allowing the grouse to flush and then go after them only taking a shot after well away from the portages. I have bumped grouse two and three times and successfully harvested them. I would also beat the brush while paralleling trails. I believe the laws are you can not discharge firearms within 150 yards of a portage, hiking trail, or campsite (occupied areas)
Please post your results as well as your technique. Thanks
member (10)member
10/06/2019 10:58PM
Good ideas. Thanks. My understanding is that you are correct about needing to be 150’ feet off trail/portage or campsite. I’ll be sure to report back on how it goes.
member (10)member
10/15/2019 07:37PM
Decided to put the trip off until this weekend I hopes if slightly more favorable weather.
senior member (87)senior membersenior member
10/16/2019 07:35PM
Last week Thursday and Friday was good weather wise. We had many flushes and good success. Saturday was slower and wet. Sunday was also wet but had a number of flushes. Staying dry was a lost cause but just adds to the experience.
Good luck with your hunt. Be safe.
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