Category Archives: Woodcock Ecology

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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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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The Effect of Drought on Woodcock

By Andrew P. Weik – RGS & AWS Regional Wildlife Biologist – New York, New England After a spring seemingly favorable to ground nesting birds such as grouse and woodcock, summer thus far, into late July, has been drier than … 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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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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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 Activity Reports for February

The daily and weekly historical maps may be viewed here: http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/Migration%20Maps%20-%20Feb%202016. We’ve had more February reports to the system than any other recent February. A review of the comments provided with the reports for “firsts” or other interesting items indicates: … Continue reading

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Tracking Woodcock Migration Research

The winter woodcock trapping season is complete with the last satellite transmitters (PTTs) deployed in February 2016. This winter the researchers deployed 28 transmitters in Louisiana and Texas. It appears at least some of the transmitters deployed in the fall … Continue reading

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