Sharp-tailed Grouse Identification

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The Government of Alberta has temporarily closed front counters at all Fish and Wildlife offices across the province.

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In 2011, selected WMUs were closed to sharp-tailed grouse hunting because of declining population numbers. However, annual hunter surveys show that sharp-tailed grouse continue to be harvested from those closed WMUs.

You are reminded to always check the hunting guide for regulation changes and to be sure of the species you have in your sights before you shoot.

Sharp-tailed Grouse: What To Look For

Sharp-tailed grouse identification; sharp-tailed grouse images showing identifying characteristics

Related Information

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Updated: Aug 13, 2013