On Tuesday, September 10, the Game and Fisheries Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will hold a public hearing on a bill that would allow three days of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania, and strengthen trespass laws. We encourage our members to contact your State Representative and voice your support for this bill.[Read more…] about Voice Your Support for Sunday Hunting in Pennsylvania – RGS
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The Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse Management Planning Committee has finished its first ruffed grouse management plan draft. This plan will serve as a tool for managing ruffed grouse in Wisconsin and includes information on ruffed grouse ecology, management history, and proposes future management goals for ruffed grouse in Wisconsin.[Read more…] about Public Comment | Wisconsin Grouse Season
Do you know how far a woodcock can fly in a single nonstop flight? If you guessed over 400 miles you’re right. Not bad eh?! Don’t believe us? Our members have helped fund the research to prove it.
Earlier this year, RGS Member and host of the Project Upland Podcast, Nick Larson interviewed Dr. Erik Blomberg, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine on the Project Upland Podcast. The conversation covered the ongoing Eastern Woodcock Migration Research project as well as the critical role AWS has played in helping fund the research.
Tune In to Learn More | Project Upland Podcast #51[Read more…] about AWS Sponsored Research Featured on Project Upland Podcast
In partnership with Land and Legacy, RGS/AWS is running a social media contest to promote the conservation missions of two like-minded organizations.
RGS/AWS President and CEO, Ben Jones, along with VP of Mission Sustainability, Sean Curran, joined Adam Keith of Land and Legacy for episode 118 of the Habitat Heroes podcast. Topics included the unique nature and history of RGS/AWS as well as the organization’s future and how people can join the movement and become conservation leaders.
RGS President and CEO was featured on the Hunting Dog Podcast. A description and link to the episode are included below:
“Ben Jones is the president and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society. We talk about the decline of my favorite game bird. It’s not to late to get to save the resource that we all hold dear to our heart. Its really about all species. We need to devote our time and wallets to what is the most important to us.
Listen to the episode: The Hunting Dog Podcast with Ben Jones.
*this podcast was originally published on 10/26/2018
By Brent A. Rudolph, Ph.D., RGS & AWS Director of Conservation Policy
A number of provisions favorable to hunters and healthy forests await the President’s signature later today…
On December 1, we released a National Update, asking our supporters to ask Congress for a budgetary fix to help the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) deal with out of control annual fire suppression costs. On January 12, we followed up right here on the RGS/AWS blog, identifying a number of provisions that could address the “fire borrowing” problem, including passing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA), H.R. 2862 and S. 1842.[Read more…] about C’mon President Trump . . . #FixOurForest
By RGS/AWS Regional Wildlife Biologist Linda Ordiway, Ph.D.
Grouse hunters must step up to influence agency decisions that affect the future of grouse populations . . .
Communications between Ruffed Grouse Society employees and members and non-member grouse hunters may not seem that important to you until you find yourself in a state or region with a declining grouse population, one declining for multiple years . . . not just the normal ups and downs but a steady 15 to 20-year downturn. As a grouse hunter, you can’t help but want a direct line to those who are the “keepers of the data or information”. Reading reports, emails and newspaper articles sometimes just doesn’t cut it, or information gets lost in translation.[Read more…] about Given a Chance to be Heard . . . A Hunter’s Voice Makes A Difference
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 two Michigan Senate bills that could significantly affect wildlife conservation and hunting (read his written comments…). We appreciate the Legislature’s interest in public recreation on public lands and there is language in these bills that we agree with but overall they would negatively impact the public land we need for hunting and active forest management required to maintain habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and other young forest wildlife.[Read more…] about Call to Action: Public Hunting Lands in MI Under Threat
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The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society significantly progressed in 2015, and we couldn’t have done it without our dedicated sponsors, members, chapters and volunteers. Without our members, there is no organization! Thank you for all you have done to preserve our sporting traditions by creating healthy forests for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife.[Read more…] about 2015 RGS & AWS Annual Report