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With the help of hunters and partners, the DNR is developing a series of intensively managed, walk-in access ruffed grouse hunting areas across the northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas. The areas are called GEMS - Grouse Enhanced Management Sites, and are managed for young forests, primarily aspen. The GEMS goals are as follows:

  • Provide unique, walk-in hunting opportunities
  • Promote hunter recruitment and retention
  • Expand local economies
  • Provide a destination point for the traveling wing-shooter
  • Accelerate timber harvest opportunities