|Wing Collection: Please cut off the least-damaged wing as close to the body as possible.
|Tail Collection: Please cut off the entire tail.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) collects hunter-harvested forest grouse (spruce, ruffed, dusky and sooty species) wings and tails during the Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 hunting season in the Eastern (1), Northcentral (2), Southcentral (3), and Coastal (6) Regions. The goal of this collection effort is to build estimated population trend datasets for each species to evaluate harvest changes. Other factors will also be evaluated, including wildfire and weather patterns that may contribute to changes in harvest and overall populations at the species level.
Grouse hunters can help by depositing one wing and the tail of each grouse harvested into wing collection barrels placed around the state or by bringing them to the closest WDFW District or Regional office. Directions and diagrams are provided to help you retrieve the necessary samples.
Place samples in the paper bag provided at wing barrels or any paper bag. Use ONE bag for EACH bird. Avoid using plastic bags (especially Ziplocs), as they speed up decay.
On the outside of the bag, please record:
- The species of grouse
- The game management unit (GMU) where the grouse was harvested
- The county where the grouse was harvested
- The date of the harvest
Deposit the bag in a wing barrel or drop it off at any WDFW District or Regional office. If neither of these are viable options the day of harvest, please refrigerate or freeze the parts until you can drop them off at a different time. Locations for wing barrels are listed below.
Region 1 Grouse Wing Barrel Locations
- Ferry County – Deer Creek and Boulder Pass
- Ferry County – S. Fork Sherman (east end) and Highway 20
- Stevens County – Bear Creek Road where it enters the Little Pend Oreille Refuge
- Stevens County – Narcisse Creek Road where it enters the Little Pend Oreille Refuge
- Stevens County – Olson/Flodelle/Tacoma Creek Road where it enters the Little Pend Oreille Refuge
- Pend Oreille County -- Rustlers' Gulch Wildlife Area, east entrance (Last Chance Rd. off Fertile Valley Rd.)
- Spokane County – Inland Empire Paper gate at Thompson Creek
- Spokane County – Inland Empire Paper gate at Blanchard Hump
- Spokane County – Inland Empire Paper gate on N. Jackson Rd.
- Spokane County – FAA gate at Starr Road on Mica Peak
- Spokane County – Behind Bob Mart, 1501 E. Crawford Rd., Deer Park
- Spokane County – WDFW regional office (2315 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley) - Lab rollup door (for after hour and weekend drop off)
- Columbia County – Wooten Wildlife Area HQ – Tucannon River
Region 2 Grouse Wing Barrel Locations
- Okanogan County – Bonaparte Lake
- Okanogan County – Loomis
- Okanogan County – Conconully
- Okanogan County – East Chewuch Road
- Chelan County -- Grade Creek Road, Antilon Lake
- Chelan County – Shady Pass (5900 Road)
- Chelan County – French Corral (Eagle Creek and 5800 Road)
- Chelan County – Lake Wenatchee Highway 207 (White and Wenatchee rivers)
Region 3 Grouse Wing Barrel Locations
- Kittitas County, Teanaway – Intersection of Teanaway and Ballard Hill Road
- Kittitas County, Coleman – Entrance to Naneum State Forest
- Kittitas County, Taneum – Entrance to L.T. Murray Wildlife Area
- Yakima County, Wenas – At the "Four Corners"
- Yakima County, Oak Creek – Junction 1400 (Oak Creek Road) and Highway 12
- Yakima County, Ahtanum – Ahtanum State Forest, near Ahtanum Meadow CG
Region 6 Grouse Wing Barrel Locations
- Clallam County – Slab Camp Road & Lost Mountain Road Junction
- Clallam County – Merrill & Ring Tree Farm; Highway 112 & Pysht River Road
- Mason County - Near Mill 5 off of W. Shelton Matlock Rd.
- Grays Harbor County - Intersection of Wynoochee Valley Road and Cougar Smith Road, north of Montesano.
- Grays Harbor County -- intersection of Hwy. 101 and Quinault Ridge Rd.
Thank you for your assistance in managing this valuable resource.