Public land hunting is often synonymous with ruffed grouse and woodcock hunting here in North America. We are incredibly fortunate to have free and easy access to a multitude of public lands rooted in the foundation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Established on the recognition that wildlife and wildlife-based recreation are an inherent public resource, this system ensures that wildlife and habitat will be managed and used for the benefit of the people.[Read more…] about Public Land Provides Pandemic Remedy
A hunter’s reflection on the complexities and associated emotions of the moment we find ourselves bird-in-hand…
In the closing minutes of the last day of Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse season, I shot a beautiful mature gray bird that flushed wild high out of a mature aspen. Holding that improbable bird, part of me wanted to let out a wild barbaric WHOOP, one which would rip through the surrounding woods, but doing so never seems quite right to me in this sober moment when I have just ended the life of such a wildly noble creature. On top of the elation, I felt regret, twinges of guilt, I even foolishly wished we hunters had a shoot-and-release. Part of me wanted to throw that bird in the air and watch it fly away, but hunting requires pulling the trigger or at least the intent to do so, otherwise it isn’t hunting. It’s something else, I don’t know what, but it’s not hunting.[Read more…] about Bird-In-Hand | A Ruffed Grouse Hunting Essay by Mark Parman
“RGS & AWS staff Jon Steigerwaldt and Jared Elm along with RGS & AWS member, Simon Tiedge preview the upcoming hunting season, talk bird dogs, grouse habitat and more.“
To Listen | Episode #114 | Tailgate Podcast with the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society[Read more…] about RGS & AWS Staff and Member featured on the Project Upland Podcast – RGS
“Achieving conservation work from capitol hill to a bird cover near you with Brent Rudolph of the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society.“
RGS & AWS Director of Conservation Policy was recently featured on an episode of the Project Upland Podcast.[Read more…] about Brent Rudolph Featured on the Project Upland Podcast – RGS
RGS & AWS Southeast Regional Director was recently featured on an episode of the Three River Land Trust podcast.
To Listen | Campfire Conversation with Mike Neiduski
Show Notes from Three Rivers Land Trust:
We’ve got a very special guest today: Mack the puppy! Along with her, we’ve got Mike Neiduski – Southeast Regional Director for Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society.[Read more…] about Regional Director Mike Neiduski featured on Three Rivers Land Trust Campfire Conversations
Federal Ammunition is one of the world’s largest ammunition manufacturers and a major sponsor of conservation organizations and youth shooting sports organizations. If you don’t know much about them, here’s an introduction.
Federal began humbly in 1922, when Charles L. Horn took control of a three-year-old fledgling ammunition manufacturer. Knowing he faced fierce competition from Winchester and Remington, he embarked on a novel strategy. Horn worked to get his products—which at the time consisted only of shotshells produced in a 9,000-square-foot factory—onto the shelves of barber shops, gas stations, and grocery stores. He also succeeded in establishing a contract to sell Federal Ammunition through two major department stores; Montgomery Ward & Co., and Sears. The strategy worked and helped the company grow. In 1941, Federal secured a contract worth $87 million from the U.S. government to build and operate the Twin City Ordnance Plant in Arden Hills, Minnesota, which was a critical contributor to military ammunition and other defense products production during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.[Read more…] about Spotlight on a Corporate Partner | Federal Ammunition
Countdown to Grouse Camp 2020
Since 2015 RGS & AWS members have followed along with our annual Grouse Camp Tour. From the organization’s roots, in Monterey, Virginia, to the far northern covers of Maine, the Grouse Camp Tour has traveled the country celebrating our beloved hunted traditions alongside our devoted membership.
This fall, Grouse Camp returns to Wisconsin and establishes a second location in Minnesota. We invite you to join us for the second year in a row at our Grouse Camp Meet-ups in Eagle River, Wisconsin, September 25th – 27th and Breezy Point, Minnesota, October 2nd – 4th (MN EVENT CANCELLED).
Act now to impact the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan Revision
The above photo showcases one of my favorite memories from this past hunting season and I’m so grateful to Durrell Smith, host of The Gun Dog Notebook Podcast, for capturing it. Durrell, Tyler Ross (featured along with his son, Brennon), and I gathered for a day of ruffed grouse hunting in western North Carolina. Wil Sensing tagged along with his two cameras in tow to film the southeast segment of Public Grouse. That morning Brennon knew his dad was headed out to follow a few bird dogs and refused to stay home. His smile in the photo is the result of a breakfast of the few oreo cookies I slipped him, an homage to the diet coke and powdered donuts of my childhood. Treats reserved only for hunting Saturdays.[Read more…] about Friendship, Access, Opportunity: A Call to Action for the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan Revision