Orvis-endorsed wingshooting outfitter Little Moran Grouse Lodge offers an all-encompassing experience for your shooting trip to Minnesota. Since 1987 Little Moran Grouse Lodge has been a home to those who call ruffed grouse "the king." Perhaps the best way to describe the "who and the what" of Little Moran is to let our guests do the talking:
"Good bird dogs are a key asset for eminent professional trainer Steve Grossman. He knows what it takes to run a first-class wingshooting operation—from the food, accommodations and overall ambiance to the guides and dogs. Through the years, the Little Moran Grouse Lodge has developed such a loyal following that the only way a new hunter gets a foot in the door is to come as a guest or to wait for an older hunter to retire... the point is, Steve does it right."
At the Grouse Lodge, people are all about birds and bird dogs. Well off the beaten path, Little Moran and Double Gun Bird Hunts is a quaint little cover... it is a grouse hunters camp, not an endorsed simile, but the smoke from the altar–in true Northwood’s tradition.”
“For many years, myself, my sons, and various guests have descended upon Little Moran and The Grouse Lodge. In all those years, we have never experienced a hunt that was not deeply satisfying, or a meal that was not fit for royalty.”
“The charm of Little Moran for us is the unchanging and unrivaled hospitality of the Grossman family, and the staff and guides that are dedicated to excellence in all they do. At The Grouse Lodge, the welfare of the game, quality of the dogs, safety, and the good times of the gunners come first. It is simply a model of what a hunting place should be.”
We hunt a variety of cover with varying degrees of difficulty, from 4-5-year-old clear-cuts to old, mature aspen stands, alder runs, and areas with a higher water table. The covers vary, depending on the time of year. Foliage can be an issue in the earlier part of the season, but by mid-October a good portion of the foliage is gone.
Grouse live in some pretty thick and unruly places, where a shot may be only a glimpse of the bird. The terrain is primarily flat ground with lots of brush to work through. Dense aspen clear-cuts and old, dead trees are the norm in our covers. It's where these great birds live.
October is our prime time for hunting, and temps will range from daytime highs of 65 F and lows of 40 F until mid to late October. After that, lows can be in the upper 20s and highs in mid-40s.
Rain can hinder our hunts, so we do suggest waterproof boots and rain gear. We also keep gear on-hand for client use.
You can obtain all pricing information by contacting the lodge.
Our hunts are all-inclusive: Lodging, meals, guides, beverages, field transportation, and bird processing. All rooms are private, with boot driers in each room. Laundry, wi-fi, and gun cleaning supplies are available. We do not supply ammunition or licenses. We've got a great support staff that takes pride in their hospitality and service. They appreciate your gratuities, which are not included in the fee.
We are a double gun-only lodge, due to the difficult environment and cover of deadfalls, streams, etc.
Most shots will be in the 20-30 yard range or even closer. A 12-gauge, in most cases, is a bit too heavy for all-day hunting and can be too much gun. Most hunters shoot a 16, 20, 28 gauge.
Waterproof boots are a great item to bring, due to hunting in wet areas. Many hunters will call or email a couple days prior to arrival to find out if knee boots are needed.
Shooting glasses, shooting gloves, and good boots are definitely needed. Dress in layers to add or remove clothing throughout the day.
Camera, phone charging cords, etc. If additional items are needed, they can easily be purchased in local stores.
Dogs are welcome, but only allowed in rooms while in a portable kennel—no free-roaming dogs.
Commercial airport: Minneapolis Terminal. We do not offer airport shuttle for the Minneapolis airport.
Private airport: Brainerd or Staples, MN, depending on size of aircraft.
Arrangements are available for transporting game.
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.