Small Game Hunting Tips & Strategies

Grouse hunting Strategies

Walking old logging trails remains the best option to make contact with grouse.  Most birds have not seen people before and most will let you get very close before they decide to run or fly.  Calm days are best for grouse hunting, sun or clouds don't seem to matter much, but they tend to hide out a lot more in thicker woods on days with high winds. 

Firearm selection
The preferred firearm choice across the region varies.  Some choose 12, 20 or .410 gauge shotguns, while others like the challenge provided by a .22 rimfire rifle.  

Wolf hunting strategies

Wolf baiting

Most hunters will sit in ground blinds overlooking baits sites, using left over deer and moose scrapes from the fall hunting season. Your guide will pre-bait areas that are frequented on a regular basis by wolves and the best outfitters will even be able to show you trail camera pictures of the animals actually visiting the site. During the winter months, wolves will seldom pass up an easy meal which makes baiting so effective.

Scent Control and Wolf Calling

Wolf hunting is not an easy activity.  They have a nose that as good or better than that of a deer and they are not fond of humans, so scent control and using the wind to the hunters advantage are important to success. Though not as common, calling wolves with manual or electronic game calls can be effective.  Wolves are very vocal and hunters have expect to hear them howling throughout the region if they spend a few days in the woods during the fall or winter.

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