Category Archives: Events

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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Gladwin – 100 Years of Grouse and Woodcock Tradition

I was honored to be one of the speakers at the recent 100th anniversary event at the Gladwin Field Trail Area (GFTA) in Meredith, Michigan.  The GFTA is one of the premier if not THE premier field trial area in … Continue reading

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Staff Meeting & Info Updates

RGS and AWS staff and their dogs convened at headquarters in Pittsburgh last week to plan for the future of habitat programs, membership, events and communications. STAFF MEETING RGS and AWS staff and some of their grouse dogs convened at … Continue reading

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The Woodcock Wingbee

Getting out of Michigan in early April during a late winter weather blast is always a fun time.  Earlier this year, I was fortunate to not only get out of town right before a week of forecasted “wintry mix” but … Continue reading

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Call to Action: Public Hunting Lands in MI Under Threat

Public input opportunity extended to all members: If you hunt on state land in Michigan and feel strongly about maintaining our upland sporting traditions now is the time to let your voice be heard. On Wednesday May 11, I testified on … Continue reading

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Woodcock Banding Weekend At Pineridge Grouse Camp

This past weekend, RGS staff members were fortunate to attend the now annual Woodcock Banding Clinic at Pineridge Grouse Camp near Remer, Minnesota. I (RGS/AWS Regional Director Nick Larson) was joined by coworkers: Mark Fouts, director of member relations and … Continue reading

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American Woodcock Walks

AWS/RGS has created a page listing American Woodcock Walks hosted by or known about by RGS/AWS. These are spring events to listen to the male woodcocks’ breeding calls (peents) and to watch their aerial courtship flights. While each event is … Continue reading

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RGS & AWS Planning Ahead

Staff and Board Members Held a Strategic Planning Meeting this Spring to Make Plans for the Future of Young Forest Habitat and Wildlife.   The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society staff and board members held a strategic planning … Continue reading

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Cover Dog Trials – Good for Grouse Dogs

SOME FIELD TRIAL BASICS For better or worse, this is written from a setter enthusiast’s perspective but still is just as applicable to any pointing dog breed that can compete in cover dog trials (AKC or American Field sanctioned). Many … Continue reading

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Zimmer Receives Prestigious Wisconsin Award

Former RGS/AWS  Regional Biologist Gary Zimmer has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Donald H. Rusch Memorial Award, in recognition of his strong advocacy and tireless efforts on behalf of wildlife in the state of Wisconsin. The award … Continue reading

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