Category Archives: Grouse Ecology

PUBLIC LANDS, ACCESS & THINKING LONG TERM

By Meadow Kouffeld, RGS & AWS Regional Wildlife Biologist Despite the current negative state and federal climate toward public land holding, RGS and partners are working with government agencies to reverse this trend. Coming from the West, I appreciate public … Continue reading

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THEY SAID IT! . . . Best Quotes from the Spring RGS Magazine

THEY SAID IT! . . . Best Quotes from the Spring RGS Magazine By Matt Soberg Are you an upland hunter?  Bird dog owner? Shotgun lover? Have you become afflicted by the grouse and woodcock hunting addiction? Do you care … Continue reading

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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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Driftless Young Forest Symposium

Today, the Ruffed Grouse Society brought together agency professionals from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois to focus on landscape-scale goals to enhance future young forest habitat in the Driftless Region. Today (August 16, 2016) the Ruffed Grouse Society launched the … Continue reading

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RGS Responds to Anti-Forest Management Message

Earlier this spring, the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society determined at a strategic planning meeting that public resistance to scientifically sound habitat management practices was one of the top three significant and long-term impediments to the future of … Continue reading

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Book Review – A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac

A GROUSE HUNTER’S ALMANAC The Other Kind of Hunting By Mark Parman Published 2010 – University of Wisconsin Press Mark Parman has been a longtime contributor of classic grouse and woodcock hunting stories to the Ruffed Grouse Society magazine. A … Continue reading

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Grouse Color Phases – What You Need To Know

**Excerpt from A Grouse in the Hand, Tips for Examining, Aging & Sexing Ruffed Grouse published 2014 by RGS and authored by S. DeStefano, R.L. Ruff and S.R. Craven. Many species of wildlife show various color phases. “Red” foxes can … Continue reading

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Scout Spring Drummers & Find Fall Covers

Off-season scouting can lead to important clues and fall success in the grouse woods, and NOW is the time to go! Watching a male ruffed grouse drum his spring beat from less than 20 yards away is quite the surreal … Continue reading

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Significant Snow Levels Benefit Grouse in the Winter

Extreme cold and low/no snow are the worst conditions for ruffed grouse in winter.  Many areas in the upper Midwest have had lower than normal snow amounts this year leading to poor snow roosting conditions for ruffed grouse. Grouse are … Continue reading

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