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Grouse collar-research program takes wing

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STANLEY, N.D. -- As soon as the dog returned with the sharp-tailed grouse, it was obvious this bird was like no other we had shot. Three of us were hunting sharp-tailed grouse a week ago at the Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern North Dakota.

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When my Lab returned with the bird, I noticed it had a radio-collar and about a 9-inch antenna attached to it. The bird also had an aluminum band on one leg.

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