Ruffed Grouse and woodcock hunting, bird dogs, fine shot guns, great food, and great friendships. These words pretty well sum up the month of October at Bowen Lodge. For over 25 years sportsmen from all over the country have gathered in Minnesota to spend their days in some of the nations finest Ruffed Grouse and woodcock covers. The evenings around the stone fireplace are filled with testimonials of the day’s adventures, topped off with Gail’s world famous table.
The hunt is really all about the dogs, English Pointers and English Setters. Ruffed Grouse are known as the “King of the Upland Game Birds” because they are extremely difficult for a dog to consistently find, point, and hold.
A dog must be at the top of their game to be considered a true “grouse dog”. To bag a pointed bird over a stylish bird dog with a lovely, lightweight, well balanced gun really adds icing to the cake, and makes for sporting memories.
Bird dogs, bird hunting, habitat management, and fine guns have been Bill’s passion for many years. Attending the University of Idaho he obtained a degree in Wildlife Resources and before returning to Minnesota worked in the west as an elk hunting guide, a white water river guide, and a wildlife biologist. Following the Minnesota bird season, Bill travels to Texas where he continues his guiding operation for bobwhite quail. Twenty years in Texas has provided him with unique opportunities to hunt some of the finest quail ranches in the south. We hope you enjoy the sampling of photos from Minnesota, Texas, and the prairies of Montana and the Dakotas. It continues to be a fun journey gathering these experiences.
Bowen Lodge, a proud and long standing supporter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, has been committed to Forest Management practices that benefit populations of Ruffed Grouse and woodcock for future generations.
Interested in our bird hunting packages? Want to talk bird dogs, hunting, and fine shotguns? Bill can always find time to visit.

image of English Setter on point and hunter walking in toward bird
Bill Heig with English Setter
Bird dogs, bird hunting, habitat and fine guns have been Bill’s passion for many years.
"If you are not regularly wearing out a pair good hunting boots you’re just not getting out enough".

Wild Bill's Favorite Quotes
"There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot". ALDO LEOPOLD, A Sand County Almanac, 1949
"A town is saved, not more by the righteous men in it than by the woods and swamps that surround it". HENRY DAVID THOREAU, US writer and naturalist, 1817-62
"Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of ensuring the safety and continuance of the Nation". THEODORE ROOSEVELT, Twenty-sixth US President (1901-09), 1858-1919
Wild Bill, Why it was just simply “gangbusters”. Maurice Hornocker.
"We know our limitations; we just cannot do anything about them". Wayne Jacobson.
Guillermo, another “TEN”. Sam Gary SR. (see more quotes) .
"One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards." Edward Abbey
If you are not regularly wearing out a pair good hunting boots you’re just not getting out enough: following a beautiful bird dog fluid in motion over endless miles of wild landscapes in search of challenging game is truly one of life’s greatest and rewarding freedoms. “Wild Bill” Heig.

"Jeff 'Cubby' Skelly (Left) can find birds even when they are not there! His knowledge of finding game is uncanny, his laughter contagious, and his hunting etiquette top notch. Cubby and I have partnered together on well over 800 guide days, spanning 25 years of upland bird hunting in the northern Minnesota woods.
You will not find a more committed, dedicated and conscientious hunting guide. His flush counts tell the true story, they are always tops. I would say that 25 years of data is conclusive - Cubby is "Mr. Grouse"! Bill Heig
Visit Cubby's web site for fishing action too - a true professional outdoorsman! Visit Jeff Skelly's webite

"Jerry Kolter (Far Right) is simply the hardest working dog trainer I know. Combine his work ethic and honesty with the burning desire to expand his knowledge of the sporting dog world and you end up with a highly tuned professional package.
To say that Bowen Lodge is proud to work with Jerry is an obvious understatement. He has been a dedicated, coveted member of our guide staff for over 14 years, and continually "raises the bar". Bill Heig
Check out North Woods Bird Dogs and see his state-of-the-art kennels!!

image of Jerry Colter, Jeff Skelly and Bill Heig
image of Bill and Gail Heig serving dinner image of grouse hunter in field with english setter image of Jerry Kolter wiith English Setter image of Ruffed Grouse in tree
World class hunting and world class food. The Heig's pull out all of the stops and provide hunting guests with a trip of a lifetime. At Bowen Lodge, you are part of the family. Proud and long standing supporters of the Ruffed Grouse Society. We have been committed to Forest Management practices that benefit populations of Ruffed Grouse and woodcock for future generations. A dog must be at the top of their game to be considered a true “grouse dog”. To bag a pointed bird over a stylish bird dog with a lovely, lightweight, well balanced gun really adds icing to the cake!