The Brantwood Lodge is located at the Gateway to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in southeastern Price County Wisconsin where you will be surrounded by over 1 million acres of undeveloped county, state and Federal lands. Price County Wisconsin is well known nationally for it's spectacular ruffed grouse hunting. The Brantwood Lodge is a great place to entertain executives for a corporate retreat, family getaways or just a great place for hunting buddies.
Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey - Mild winter weather conditions with little or no ice storms to cause undue losses may have influenced the increase in breeding grouse activity in 2017. Wisconsin’s primary grouse range, the Northern Forest had an increase of 30% in drumming activity. Wisconsin is through the trough of the grouse cycle and is likely to be on the increase until the next decline in 2021 or 2022. Good nesting and brood rearing conditions this summer should set the stage for more grouse in the woods in the fall of 2017.
Each spring, biologists, wardens, foresters, members of the Ruffed Grouse Society, and other volunteers travel survey routes in order to record ruffed grouse drumming activity. Drumming is the sound produced by a male grouse during the spring breeding season. The male will display on a drumming log, rapidly beating his wings, producing a drumming sound with the intention of attracting a female. Ruffed grouse drumming surveys have been used since 1964 as an indicator of ruffed grouse population trends. Brood data is also collected during July and August, after eggs have hatched and the young birds are a month or two old. These data are available in early September each year. Collectively, these surveys provide a good picture of ruffed grouse production levels and population trends in Wisconsin. View the Wisconsin DNR Website for more information grouse hunting.