Our guests often ask if we offer hunting opportunities for Sage Grouse. Unfortunately, Sage Grouse numbers have experienced dramatic declines over the last few decades and we believe that the limited population remaining in our hunting area must not be hunted until the population can be stabilized. A long term goal at Sage Safaris is to restore Sage Grouse populations through conservation efforts in the area such that they can once again be readily observed and are able to sustain limited hunting.
The Sage Grouse, Centrocercus urophasianus, is the largest grouse in North America, where it is known as the Greater Sage-Grouse. Its range is sagebrush country in the western United States and southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Adults have a long, pointed tail and legs with feathers to the toes. Adult males have a yellow patch over the eye, are greyish on top with a white breast, a dark brown throat and a black belly; two yellowish sacs on the neck are inflated during courtship display. Adult females are mottled grey-brown with a light brown throat and dark belly.. These birds forage on the ground. They mainly eat sagebrush, also insects and other plants. They are not able to digest hard seeds like other grouse. They nest on the ground under sagebrush or grass patches. Sage Grouse are notable for their elaborate courtship rituals. Each spring males congregate in leks and perform a "strutting display". Groups of females observe these displays and select the most attractive males to mate with. Only a few males do most of the breeding. Males perform in leks for several hours in the early morning and evening during the spring months. Leks generally occur in open areas adjacent to dense sagebrush stands, and the same lekking ground may be used by grouse for decades.
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Sage Safaris LLC
21004 St Joe Rd
Havre, MT 59501
Phone: 1(406) 219-0441