Sharp-tailed Viewing Blinds Not Available for 2021

Unfortunately due to the pandemic, viewing blinds will not be available this year. DNR Wildlife Management puts your safety above all else. Spring is a wonderful time at the barrens. Even though blinds are not available, we welcome you to visit for some of the best bird and wildlife watching available in the state. You have a good chance of seeing sharp-tails and lots of other special species while on a walk and/or from your vehicle. 

Buy a Calendar - See Below!

Join or Renew Membership, Make a Donation, or Buy the NBWA Calendar

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

  Gary Dunsmoor

  N4961 Beaverbrook Ave 
  Spooner, WI 54801

Buy a calendar at checkout for $10 and enjoy the beauty while at home or the office!

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.

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

For more information about WSGS go to   

How to sign up for a Viewing Blind:
FNBWA requests a minimum donation of $10 per blind reservation.
All money goes to the NBWA management and includes a free FNBWA membership.
  • Please review the information linked below.
  • Go to Reserve a Blind.  You must create a login ID each year (see "sign in" far upper right on reservation page).
  • There are three blinds available. White boxes are available; colored boxed are filled. Be sure to select the appropriate blind identified by color in up right
  • Initial sign up is limited to 2 blinds/days unless it is 2 days prior to the viewing day.
  • If you cannot keep a reservation, please cancel at least one week in advance.
  • Keep looking back as cancelations and sign-ups occur frequently. People have been able to sign up the day or two before their preferred viewing date, even though it was full days or weeks before.
  • All blinds have bucket seats for up to 3 people. There is room for a 4th person (if people are small and/or willing to be cozy, but will need to bring an extra seat), or room for 1 or 2 people and lots of photography gear.
  • If you'd like help, please call Nancy Christel at (715) 635-4091.

Share your experiences in the blinds right from the blinds using your cell phone.

Put them on the FNBWA Facebook page or use Flickr.

Thanks for sharing :)

Larry Leef,
Sep 9, 2020, 8:34 AM
Susan Armstrong,
Feb 20, 2018, 5:02 PM