Prairie Chicken & Sharptail Grouse Viewing
Credit: Joel SartoreThe prairie chicken and it's mating dance have been a part of the Nebraska prairie for years. The dance of the prairie chicken is now a major sight seeing event and Calamus Outfitters has a great opportunity for you to view these dances. Also found on the ranch are sharptail grouse, who also perform a similar mating ritual that can be viewed. Calamus Outfitters has access to a large booming area, or lek, where prairie chickens & grouse gather for their mating ritual.
Credit: Joel SartoreThe dances of the prairie chicken & grouse are majestic and entertaining for all who view it. These native prairie birds jump, prance and pose against their competition trying to gain the attention of the female.
This display consists of inflating air sacs located on the side of their neck and snapping their tails. The booming grounds will usually have very short to no vegetation, and the male prairie chickens will stay on this ground displaying for almost two months.
Credit: Joel SartoreWith years of experience watching, observing and learning their mating habits and locations, Calamus Outfitters has developed prairie chicken & grouse booming trips for you.
Mating season in NE is late March into April. The males establish booming sites where they display for the females. The one or two most dominant males will do about 90% of the mating. After mating, the females will move about a mile from the booming grounds and begin to build nests.
Credit: Michael ForsbergCalamus Outfitters has a converted school bus that we use to transport our guests to and from the prairie chicken booming grounds on the Switzer Ranch. Here you will be able to view the grounds from the bus or venture to one of our field blinds.
Make sure you come prepared. March and April can provide extreme temperature changes and everything from winter blizzards to 80-degree heat. Bring your digital camera, and of course layered clothing.