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 healthy forest habitat benefiting not only ruffed grouse and American woodcock but a wide array of forest wildlife.[Read more…] about RGS Responds to Anti-Forest Management Message
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 favorite Parman articles is “What He Carried”, which was published in the fall 2013 issue and features an introspective story about the possessions and superstitions that make grouse and woodcock hunters a unique group. The story starts with, “Each possession (of a grouse hunter) brings with it reminders of special days gone by.” If you are a grouse hunter, you understand this inexplicable phenomenon. The story talks about the symbols of grouse hunting that captivate us all throughout the year. He writes, “In late winter, he notes a grouse feather floating across the wood floor of his living room or kitchen, escapees from his gamebag, or he finds one stuck to the wet nose of his dog. He doesn’t mind the feathers. He picks one up, twirls the rachis in his fingers and is carried back to October.” Has this happened to any of you during bitter cold January? I suspect it has.[Read more…] about Book Review – A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac
Being born and raised in north central Pennsylvania and growing up hunting in back mountain areas, now often referred to as the Pennsylvania Wilds region, clover simply was not to be found anywhere. My introduction to using it as a food source for wildlife was planting a few old one to two-acre log landings with fellow camp members to draw whitetails. At that time, I was much more the deer hunter than grouse hunter, but I do remember beyond the deer and occasional turkey that grouse would usually be found on the edges in the summer time.[Read more…] about Tilling Between the Timber
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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
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 experience, especially considering we barely see a glimpse of them post flush in the fall as they dodge young trees toward their escape route.[Read more…] about Scout Spring Drummers & Find Fall Covers
The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to expand support for young forest habitat restoration efforts across northern and central Wisconsin. A new agreement secures $25,000 in FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife program funding for forest management practices that will benefit ruffed grouse, American woodcock, golden-winged warblers and other young-forest dependent wildlife species over the next three years.[Read more…] about RGS AND USFWS Agreement Provides $50,000 for Wisconsin Young Forest Habitat
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 meeting near headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this Spring to discuss future plans to advance the mission of preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for grouse, woodcock and other wildlife. The organizations are being proactive in preparing for the future of habitat and hunting.[Read more…] about RGS & AWS Planning Ahead
Do you hunt on the Huron-Manistee National Forests? Are you concerned about how the Forest Service manages their land in Michigan?
If so, there is an opportunity to have your voice heard right now on a project that will significantly increase habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and many other game and non-game species. It is vital for the Forest Service staff to know that you support what they are proposing not only so they will complete these activities but also so they will plan for more in the future. This support also will help as we proceed with our legal action against the U.S. Forest Service to get them to meet their minimum young forest goals. Read More…[Read more…] about Huron-Manistee National Forest – RGS Call To Action