The Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society (MSGS) was founded in 1986 by
Roche Lally of Duluth.
MSGS is “dedicated to the management and restoration of sharptails in
Minnesota for hunters and non-hunters” and works hard towards that goal.
With around 300 members, it has provided funding to DNR for prescribed
burning equipment, printing of informational brochures, land acquisition, and
habitat management. MSGS builds and maintains observation blinds,
publishes a quarterly newsletter, and sponsors an annual habitat management
project. In the last three years, MSGS has received $236,120 in state Heritage
Enhancement Grant for contracted habitat work on WMA’s.
MSGS’s success hatched three other groups, The Wisconsin Sharp-tailed
Grouse Society, The Michigan Sharp-tailed Grouse Association, and Sharptails
Plus of Manitoba.
After 18 years at the helm of MSGS, Lally is still enthusiastic about sharptails,
and has watched his old hunting grounds in St. Louis County again have
|Male sharpie dancing.
Photo courtesy of Mike Paulbeck.
|Male sharptail strutting.
When the Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society (MSGS) was founded in
1986, its goal was to keep the sharptail from going extinct in Minnesota. MSGS
hoped that through education of both the public and resource managers,
renewed interest in the sharptail and its habitat would generate additional
funding from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for habitat
work on public and private lands. Fairly soon, MSGS had a membership base
of about 300 members and a Board of Directors. MSGS adopted bylaws and
became incorporated, and was approved by the IRS as a 501-C tax-exempt
MSGS soon had various fund raisers. There were annual raffles for a shotgun
and other prizes, and other types of fund raisers. While there was never a
bulging treasury, MSGS was able to get a lot done for a small organization.
Following is a summary of some accomplishments.
That’s just a partial list of what MSGS has accomplished in its short life. But
without a doubt, MSGS’s greatest feat has been the public education of
sharptails and their habitat, for the benefit of hunters and non-hunters alike.
That goal will persist as foremost as long as MSGS is around.
For a more complete listing of what MSGS has done, please request a list from
|Copyright 2008-2017 Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society.
|Pre-burn sharptail habitat.
|Post-burn sharptail habitat.
| MSGS Board of Directors:
· President - Roche Lally
· Vice President - Dave Pauly
· Gregg Nelson – Secretary
· Ward Julien – Treasurer
Regional Representatives: (coming soon)
· Membership – Dave Dickey
· Habitat Projects - Dave Pauly
· Acquisition – Ward Julien
· Website/Media - Matt Breuer
· Magazine – Ward Julien
· Newsletter – Melissa Koelsch
· Student Advisor – Bill Faber
· Accountant - Bill Goldberg
Directors At Large:
· Bill Berg
MN DNR Representative:
· Jodie Provost
|Sharptail in the snow.
Photo courtesy of Terry Crayne