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Is bird license needed to hunt forest grouse?

The dusky grouse, better known as the blue grouse, is a forest bird that prefers high open slopes in fall. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
The dusky grouse, better known as the blue grouse, is a forest bird that prefers high open slopes in fall. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

HUNTING — While an upland bird or small game license is needed to hunt pheasants and quail, and a migratory bird stamp is needed to hunt waterfowl, no special permits are needed in Idaho and Washington to hunt forest grouse — dusky, ruffed or spruce grouse.

Hunters simply need to have a current hunting license for hunting these forest grouse species.




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