Anyone who wants to try grouse hunting has an opportunity to access hunter walking trails that guide non-motorized users through grouse habitat in northern and central Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota’s 600 miles of hunter walking trails are located in the northern forested area of the state, where grouse are abundant.

There are more than 200 hunter walking trails. Most have convenient parking and signs at the trailhead. Trails are generally mowed once a year as hunting season approaches. With or without a dog, the trails can offer a surefire way to get out and get away from it all.

Online and downloadable maps of hunter walking trails and more information can be found on the DNR website.

How to start hunting grouse

Grouse hunting may be the easiest way to get into hunting – or if nothing else, get in a good hike. For many, grouse hunting is an excuse to get into the woods and away from the day-to-day stress.

To get started, find a shotgun, a blaze orange vest and hat and buy a valid small game license. You don’t even need a dog. Caution though: Hunting with a dog can be rewarding and habit forming.

Grouse season is open now and lasts through Jan. 1, 2020.

Learn more at the DNR grouse hunting page.