Drum count/ Up north?

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  1. Happy Camper

    Happy Camper 6 pointer

    Oct 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2021
  2. Chessie202

    Chessie202 6 pointer

    Nov 15, 2004
    Harrison Co.
    Last years report for Minn. was released on June 17. I think they all are done in that time frame.
  3. PCoGrousehunter

    PCoGrousehunter Spike

    Jan 21, 2008
    Butler Kentucky
    I saw Wisconsin's yesterday. Over the whole state, drumming was up 1%. In the northern region, it was up 4%. In the central region, it was up 8% from last year. The southwest region was down a lot.
  4. model70

    model70 8 pointer

    Jan 11, 2011
    Western Ky
    I don't want to sound stupid, but what is meant by a drum count? Thanks
  5. grouseguy

    grouseguy 12 pointer

    The quick version is ... it's a way for the DNR to measure how many adult breeding birds survived the winter compared to previous years. There will then be a Brood Survey later to determine how successful the breeding season was to get an overall estimate of bird numbers going into the hunting season.
  6. model70

    model70 8 pointer

    Jan 11, 2011
    Western Ky
    Thanks for the explanation, I thought it was something to do with grouse hunting, just wanted to ask. Not much of a bird Hunter except for turkeys. Thanks again
  7. grouseguy

    grouseguy 12 pointer

    You're welcome. Most non-grouse hunters have no idea the thousands of southern hunters that travel north to hunt each fall and these surveys give somewhat of a guide as to which areas have the highest concentrations of birds in a given year.
  8. Munson

    Munson 12 pointer

    Dec 24, 2011
    Natural Bridge
    Seen 3 yesterday that were close to the size of their mother best I could tell. I don't know if that's a normal hatch rate or not, but it's better than seeing 0.

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