2020 Sign Up for Sharp-tailed Grouse Mating Dance Viewing Blinds


Sign up opens January 15, 2020 for viewing in April and May, 2020.

FNBWA requests a minimum donation of $10 per sharp-tailed grouse blind reservation. All money goes to the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area management and includes a free FNBWA membership.  

Thank you to:

Burnett County for selling the 5,000 acres to the DNR for permanent protection in 2015.

FNBWA, Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society (WSGS), The Conservation Fund and other non-profits for donating 1,400-acres to increase the management area to 6,450 acres.


FNBWA and WSGS for purchasing viewing blinds and FNBWA for managing this sign up calendar.

For a paper membership, make checks payable to FNBWA and send to treasurer:

  Gary Dunsmoor

  N4961 Beaverbrook Ave 
  Spooner, WI 54801

Weather dependent, peak dancing activity is typically mid-April to mid-May.  

Enjoy the show, tell your friends and thank you for your support!


Nancy Christel

DNR Wildlife Biologist and Property Manager


One blind is also available at the Douglas County Bird Sanctuary.

For more information about WSGS go to http://www.wisharptails.org/.   


How to sign up for a Viewing Blind:

  • You must review the information linked below before you register for a blind.
  • Go to Reserve a Blind.  You must create a login ID each year you reserve.
  • There are three blinds available.  Be sure to select the appropriate blind when you reserve. 
  • If you'd like help, please call Nancy Christel at (715) 635-4091.
  • Please do not sign up for more than 2 blinds unless it is 2 days prior to the viewing day.
  • If you cannot keep a reservation, please cancel at least one week in advance.

This year you can share your experiences in the blinds with people who may want to use the blinds in the future. Other people may use your comments to decide to join the fun in the future. If your cellphone works on the barrens you may even be able to do so when in the blinds.

If you would like to share any photos you can put them on the FNBWA Facebook page or use Flickr.

Thanks for sharing :)

FNBWA Board,
Jan 19, 2016, 7:34 AM
Susan Armstrong,
Feb 20, 2018, 5:02 PM