Author Archives: Matt Soberg

What is it like to watch a drummer?

CONNECTING THE DOTS . . . From Habitat to Hunting By Matt Soberg, RGS & AWS Editor & Director of Communications This is what it’s like to watch a spring drummer connect the dots from habitat to hunting . . … Continue reading

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President’s Message – And Now It’s Our Turn . . .

Every four years, the confluence of hunting season and the national general election causes me to think about our freedom, democracy and our passion for hunting grouse and woodcock that we so deeply cherish. I think about this in two … Continue reading

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2016 RGS GROUSE CAMP TOUR – North Carolina & Georgia

North Carolina/Georgia RGS chapters are striving to ensure national forests are properly managed in the Southern Appalachian Region to preserve our grouse hunting traditions for future generations. The famed conservationist Aldo Leopold once said, “We shall never achieve harmony with … Continue reading

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2016 GROUSE CAMP TOUR – Virginia/Tennessee

Virginia/Tennessee Grouse/woodcock hunters are speaking for the wildlife that cannot speak for themselves – influencing forest management on public lands. Only partially down the Tennessee mountain trail, Parker Street, of the Appalachian Highlands RGS Chapter, pointed to some Rhododendron sandwiched … Continue reading

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2016 RGS GROUSE CAMP TOUR – Monterey, Virginia

RGS 2016 GROUSE CAMP TOUR – Monterey, Virginia The Birthplace of the Ruffed Grouse Society Walking down the short main street of Monterey, Virginia, a small mountain town in the northwestern part of the state, it would be difficult to … Continue reading

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2016 RGS GROUSE CAMP TOUR – West Virginia

  2016 RGS GROUSE CAMP TOUR – West Virginia The Habitat and History of the Canaan Valley Grouse camp mystifies the overall grouse and woodcock hunting experience . . . sitting next to a fire, telling stories of misses and … Continue reading

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35th Anniversary National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt Results

2016 results showed increases in ruffed grouse and American woodcock harvest compared to 2015. The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) held its 35th annual National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt (NGWH) on October 13 and 14, 2016 in and around Grand Rapids, … Continue reading

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Thank You! ~ Fall 2016 President’s Message

THANK YOU! “Nothing happens until a sale is made,” is a maxim sometimes used in the business world. For the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society, we could modify it to say, “Nothing happens until a volunteer steps forward.” … Continue reading

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Book Review – Tranquillity Revisited

Tranquillity Revisited, by Colonel Harold P. Sheldon ~ Review by Jason S. Dowd Collecting and reading outdoor literature is a hobby many of us pursue as a means to stay sane between autumns. Some of us take this a step … Continue reading

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Anyone Can Be A Grouse Hunter

No cookie-cutter template exists to define a grouse hunter. You don’t have to shoot a double-barrel side-by-side, run an English setter, and wear brand new gear to be a grouse hunter. If you do . . .  great! But grouse … Continue reading

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