Several national wildlife refuges and a state wildlife management area will offer sharp-tailed grouse observation blinds for public use this spring. The blinds are popular with wildlife photographers and others interested in watching the spring courtship rituals of sharp-tailed grouse.
Grouse blinds typically receive widespread interest and are available by reservation only. Those locations offering blinds usually start taking reservations for late March or early April, weather permitting. Peak grouse dancing activity usually occurs from mid-April into early May.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has an observation blind at Lonetree Wildlife Management Area southwest of Harvey. Call (701) 324-2211 for reservations.
Contact the following national wildlife refuges for information and availability on blind reservations:
Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, Kenmare, (701) 848-2722.
Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, Kenmare, (701) 385-4046.
Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Moffit, (701) 387-4397.
Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, Pingree, (701) 285-3341.
Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge, Berthold, (701) 468-5467.
J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, Upham, (701) 768-2548.