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
How COVID-19 Could Affect Grouse Habitat
It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a bit of a whirlwind and things haven’t gone as planned. With all the stay-at-home orders, shutdowns, and disruptions, you’re likely looking forward to the fall hunting season more than ever and getting back into the grouse woods to unwind a bit. Unfortunately, coronavirus and COVID-19 still have some potentially nasty consequences in store for timber markets and subsequently ruffed grouse, in the form of habitat impacts. Here’s how the two are surprisingly connected, and some potential ways that the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS & AWS) could help.[Read more…] about COVID-19 Impacts on Timber Markets and Forest Wildlife
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
Ohio Ruffed Grouse Society Chapter Habitat Day
Join the Gilbert R. Symons / Cincinnati Area Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society for a habitat work day and chapter gathering. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Gilbert R. Symons Chapter, like all of our chapters, represents the face and the boots on the ground movement of our mission.
Fighting for Healthy Forests, Abundant Wildlife and Conservation Ethic our chapters make-up the core of our existence as an organization. Without them our collective voice would not be heard, our impact would not be felt and our forests and our wildlife would suffer.
For their tireless efforts and their passionate devotion to our cause we would like to say THANK YOU to all of our RGS & AWS chapters for their leadership as conservationists.
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).
Some great news came from Capitol Hill heading into the 2020 Fourth of July holiday weekend. On Wednesday, July 1, the House of Representatives voted to pass an infrastructure bill (H.R. 2) that had been amended to include the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society (RGS & AWS) has been working towards passage of RAWA legislation for nearly three years as a member of the Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife, a broad coalition of organizations and businesses.[Read more…] about Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Update