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Appendix C! Raffed Grouse 
 
 
     The river bottoms of central Wisconsin yield, dring the high years of
the 
 
game cycle, exceptionally fine ruffed grouse or partrilge" shooting.
This adds 
 
variety to the hicken shooting-which has a very important bearing on the
future 
 
value of shooting privileges. 
 
     Partridges and chickens share the same cycle, Vut partridges someti;.e

 
remain abundant for a year after the chickens have dropped off, this being
con- 
 
spicuously tre in 1933. This is inportant in raisinr the percentage of years
in 
 
which some outstanding attraction to snortsmen is available. 
 
     The ruffed grouse is at present le   susceptible to management than
the 
 
prairie chicken, but fature research findingemay alter this situation. For

 
emple. the disoovery of a new clover that will grow in central Wisconsin,
or 
 
the discovery of a cheap method of treating the soil of food patches so they
will 
 
grow white clover, might greatly a-ent the partridge crop, and thus add to
the 
 
game yield of the region, and hence to its gnme revenmes. 
 
     The University of Minnesoita s heading the research work on raffe .grouse.

 
Its findings would be available to any Wisconsin management venture. 
 
 
                           ApTendix D: Waterfowl and Fur 
 
     The wetter marshes of central Wisconsin were, before drainage, highly

 
productive as a waterfowl breeding ground. 
 
     Some of the drained marshes are usable for ýWriculture, and are
probably 
 
more productive for prairie chickens by reason of their drained condition.

 
     Some, however, might yield more If reflooded, for waterfowl and fur.
A 
 
test of the efficacy of refloodine should be made in a carefully selected
case. 
 
     The flowages of central Wisconsin are, in general, lisappointing in
their 
 
wild-life productivity. A careful study mipht yield ways to improve their

 
condition.