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Welcome to Hunt Small Game

    I have been hunting small game for 20 years. The first small game I ever harvested was a ruff grouse on a Maine moose hunt. That grouse would ingrain the love for small game hunting.
   The goal of this site is to share my hunting stories. Also dive into the world of small game. The way we hunt,  the conservation of the game we harvest , the gear used to pursue small game, and preparing it for the table.
    When I started hunting small game it was by riding the roads in the north maine woods looking for ruff grouse. I now hunt behind dogs for grouse and snowshoe hare. I look forward to sharing with all of you my stories from the field
                                 Thanks Jon

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