Grouse Hunting

Ruffed Grouse

In Ontario there are three species of grouse. There is the Ruffed Grouse and the Spruce Grouse, which inhabit most areas of Ontario. Then in the farthest western areas of Northwestern Ontario is the Sharptail Grouse, which is more common on the prairies and not really at home in the dense bush of Ontario but they are a few of them. Ruffed Grouse is by far the most common and 95% of grouse you will see in the Wabigoon Lake area are Ruffed Grouse.

Surrounding Merkel's Camp are hundreds of miles of ATV trails, old logging road, game animal trails and hiking trails. The bush is just peppered with Ruffed Grouse and on a sunny fall afternoon you will see hoards of them. Many of our guests choose a fishing / grouse hunting combination package and spend half the week taking advantage of the awesome Muskie and Smallmouth Bass fishing and spend the rest of their time enjoying the clean fall area and exploring the many trails where Grouse are plentiful. Merkel's Camp has been providing fishing/ Grouse hunting packages since 1963 and is one of the original outfitters in this area.

Cost: $200 + regular cabin rates and rentals

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Ontario Hunting Regulations:

Visit the MNR website at for hunting regulations.

Should you have any general questions pertaining to the hunting regulations summary please contact the Natural Resource Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940 or by emailing

Canadian Firearms Declaration Form:

You will be required to fill out a temporary gun permit to bring firearms into Canada (Firearm Declaration Form). The fee is $25 payable at the border crossing.

Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Forms

are available by emailing, or by calling 1-800-731-4000 (Canada and U.S.) or 1-506-624-5380 (other countries) and from all Customs offices across Canada. Visit the RCMP web site for more information

Please Note: Do not sign your declaration form until the customs agent asks you to.