Prairie Grouse Viewing Blinds

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Two viewing blinds at the Bessey Ranger District - one each at a prairie chicken and sharptail grouse lek.  Here is amateur video taken from a blind - turn up the sound!

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Blinds are open from late March through early May.  Arrive at the blinds 45 minutes before dawn so as to not disturb the leks.
Reservations: No reservations required; first-come, first-served.
Fees None.
Open Season: Late March - Early May
Usage: Medium
Best Season: April
Restrictions: Park in designated areas and hike to the blinds.  Arrive at the blinds 45 minutes before sunrise.
Closest Towns: Halsey - 1 mile; Thedford - 17 miles


Nature Viewing

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Viewing Wildlife

Viewing blinds are set up from late March through early May to observe the mating displays of prairie grouse.

A man and a yellow lab standing in front of a grouse blind.

Two sharptailed grouse face off in a mating display.

Status: Open
Fees: None
Reservation info: None required.
Usage: Blinds can seat up to four people.
Best Season: mid-April
Hours of Operation: Please be seated in the blinds 45 minutes before sunrise.
Difficulty Level: Easy