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775 sharp-tailed grouse permits available for 2006 hunt

MADISON - A total of 775 permits will be available for the fall 2006 Wisconsin sharp-tailed grouse hunting season, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The hunt is set to run Oct. 14 -Nov. 5.

DNR officials say four management units will be open for this fall's season, up from three units last year.

For management purposes, sharp-tailed grouse management units use the same boundaries and designations as deer management units (DMU).

Those units with sharp-tail permits available for this fall are: DMU 2 (540 permits), DMU 8 (50 permits), DMU 9 (160 permits), and DMU 10 (25 permits). All are located in northwestern Wisconsin.

"In addition to opening unit 8, wildlife biologists recommended increasing the number of permits in two units for this fall due to an increase in the number of dancing sharp-tails observed this spring," said Andrea Mezera, assistant upland game ecologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

She added that the number of permits available this year in unit 10 decreased due to a lower number of sharp-tailed grouse observed in that unit this spring.

Hunters interested in sharp-tailed grouse hunting must submit an application. Applications can be purchased over the Internet through the DNR license sales Web site; at any DNR Service Center; at authorized sales locations; or by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236).

Applications cost $3. Hunters are encouraged to carefully review the zone map and apply for units that are open. Applying for closed units will result in an invalid application