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Minnesota's diverse ecology harbors several species of grouse

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My grandfather, Max Klemek, used to call them "pa'tridge." And for many years I called them partridge too.

The ruffed grouse, their rightful common name, is also called many other names, some of which I've never heard of, such as moorfowl, birch partridge, wood grouse, drumming grouse, ruffled grouse, woodpile gauwkie, ruffy and woods pheasant.

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