All Double Gun Bird Hunts trips target wild birds exclusively, with Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock being the primary Minnesota species. Steve brings 33 years of habitat knowledge, guiding expertise, and dog work to each hunt. His clients appreciate good dog work, unsullied cover, and an appreciation of fine guns. The hunts are limited to two guns per guide, double guns only. The Minnesota Ruffed Grouse experience based out of Little Moran is the signature hunt. We guide 40+ days a year throughout some of the best grouse cover in the lower 48. As Michael McIntosh wrote, "I believe there are more grouse in Minnesota than anywhere else on earth". Steve and his guides keep daily Ruffed Grouse and woodcock flush counts which can be found on the Double Gun Bird Hunts website. Join Steve and his crew as his setters dig deep for the grey ghost of Minnesota.
Trips are all-inclusive with a maximum of 8 guns in camp, and no more than 2 guns per guide. Steve and his hand-picked guides are all grouse hunters to the core, and all are seasoned dog handlers. Double Gun Hunts adhere to traditional styles of bird hunting: our hunts are all about the dogs, the wild birds, and the overall experience. It's not the size of the bag at day's end; it's the experience of the day. Double Gun Bird Hunt's season begins the 3rd weekend in September and continues until the 1st weekend of November, when Steve moves west to begin his South Dakota guiding at Wild Prairie Lodge.
As author Mike Gaddis wrote: it's all about birds and bird dogs, the "breath and soul of a little bird church in the wildwood called Little Moran and Double Gun Bird Hunts." Well off the beaten path Little Moran and Double Gun Bird Hunts is a "quaint and happy little cover, it is a grouse hunters camp, not an endorsed simile, but the smoke from the altar - in true Northwood's traditions."
Central Hardwoods of Minnesota, clear cuts, swamp edges, a variety of covers. Our daily covers are chosen with specific hunters wishes in mind. Hunters are welcome to bring their own dogs.
Mild and cool
Arrive early evening, have dinner, share bird hunting/bird dog stories and great fellowship with guides and other hunters. A 7:30 breakfast, then wheels up by 8:30, hunting by 8:45-9 AM.
Average cover is hunted for 1.5-2 hours, with a short drive to between covers. We hunt 4-5 covers per day. Lunch in the field with no more than 2 guns per guide.
Upon request we will do a “shore lunch” with your entire group of hunters. This includes hot soup, sandwiches, and our “Cajun game”. We are back at the lodge by 6:30-7:00 for showers, lite appetizers, your favorite beverage, wonderful dinner and many more stories.
Typical hunts are 3 day 4 night stays. No groups or hunters will ever be mixed in the field. We do not hunt more than 2 guns per guide.
September – October: Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock
Always be prepared. We are hunting wild birds in their native environments. Bring rubber boots, an extra gun, compass, good walking boots, extra cloths for field changing (Rain or sweat). Clothing to match the time of year. A quick call to the lodge can help you narrow your choices.
Memorable experiences that last a lifetime.
Private lodging and baths, washer and driers, boot driers, soft gun cases.
3rd weekend in September – November 6th
$1,000.00 per day/hunter all inclusive.
Can we bring our own dogs?
Will transportation or pick-up at the airport be provided?
No, unless private aircraft is within 45 miles. There is not enough staff.
What gauges of guns are preferred?
Double guns preferred. 20's, 28's, & 16's - shot size 7.5 - 8