I realize this is the pheasant forum, but I don't think there's a prairie grouse forum and this might cover a few different states. I'm thinking of trying a trip before roosters open up to hunt for prairie grouse, probably mostly sharptails. If I get lucky maybe some gray partridge. After I won the prairie chicken lottery last year in MN and got lucky and stumbled into some on my last day of the hunt and tagged out, it got in my blood a little bit. I really enjoyed that hunt and seeing the different cover versus pheasants. There's something special about walking the wide open country, where you can see for miles into a limitless horizon. I'm a bit of a history buff, and thinking of it now, America is such a special country. The tall grass prairie of eastern SD, Iowa, MN is home to me. I hit a spot in Iowa last year where the big bluestem was over my head. I never did move a bird there, but it was neat to have the opportunity to walk it. I'm sure they were in there, but it was windy and tough to hunt. The short grass prairie is a whole 'nother deal. Regardless of the cover type, I love being in the middle of nowhere away from all traces of modern civilization with just me and a good bird dog. I'm planning on trying camping on this trip. Spending a few precious days walking and sleeping on the prairie, regardless of the results, sounds like time well spent to me.