Prairie Grouse Wing Collection Boxes

grouse wing boxSharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie chicken populations in South Dakota are monitored using data collected from spring lek surveys, hunter harvest surveys and wing collections from hunters. Spring lek surveys provide an indication of the breeding population, hunter harvest surveys give an estimation of the number of hunters and birds harvested, while the wing collections allow biologists to determine the age ratio of harvested birds.

Unlike pheasants that are easily counted during roadside surveys, determining the reproduction of grouse and providing a fall forecast to hunters is not as easy. Therefore, SD GFP is working closely with other agencies and non-profit organizations that have land available to the public that support viable grouse populations and have a history of traditional grouse hunters. Grouse wing collection boxes are placed at locations along roadsides, parking areas or local businesses that are conveniently located for hunters. Grouse hunters are being asked to voluntarily submit a wing at these wing collection boxes from each grouse harvested. Hunters are reminded to only submit wings from birds harvested in these respective areas at the nearest collection box.

Using age ratio data from these wing collection boxes, along with spring lek surveys, information obtained from the hunter harvest surveys and weather variables from local weather stations, biologists are developing a model to more accurately monitor trends in the prairie grouse population and to improve upon our fall population forecast.

Below is a statewide map showing the four geographic areas where grouse wings will be collected and used to provide a fall forecast for these respective regional areas. Hunters can find the wing box locations by UTM coordinates and a description of the location can be found in the table below.

Location of grouse wing collection boxes

 

County
DESCRIPTION
Longitude
Latitude
Lyman
Fort Pierre National Grasslands
-100.3270
43.9993
Jones
Fort Pierre National Grasslands
-100.4037
44.1251
Stanley
Fort Pierre National Grasslands
-100.3883
44.1975
Stanley
Fort Pierre National Grasslands
-100.2504
44.2092
Lyman
Fort Pierre National Grasslands
-100.1464
44.1220
Lyman
Fort Pierre National Grasslands
-100.2266
44.0933
Stanley
Located approximately 24 miles northwest of Pierre at the intersection of Highway 1806 and Sansarc Road.
-100.6778
44.4948
Stanley
Located approximately 9 miles west of the Highway 1806 and Sansarc Road intersection.
-100.8577
44.5026
Stanley
Located approximately 1/2 mile west and 3 miles north of Hayes, SD on Hayes Road.
-101.0343
44.4154
Jackson
2 E and 3 S of Cottonwood on BGNG, west side of road at T-intersection.
-101.8604
43.9221
Haakon
10.5 N and 1.5 E of Philip on McIllravy WIA.
-101.6377
44.1972
Bennett
From junction of Hwy 18 & 73, 5 N, 7 E and 4 N at T-intersection on WIA.
-101.3763
43.3452
Perkins
6.6 miles north of Bison, west side of White Butte Rd. along entrance to GRNG road.
-102.4571
45.6216
Perkins
At gate on west side of road 1.5 miles north of buildings at Bessler Mgmt. Unit along Bixby Rd.
-102.5661
45.4098
Perkins
On GRNG road approach 13.5 miles north of Meadow Corner or about 4.0 miles south of Summerville on Hwy 73.
-102.1667
45.7217
Pennington
1.5 miles south and 5.0 miles west of Wall on School & Public Land.
-102.3384
43.9645
Perkins
Shadehill Campground Cleaning Station
-102.2311
45.7611
Butte
Newell DOT Property
-103.4194
44.7196