It won’t be long before it’s time for us to think about New Year’s resolutions. Personally, I’ve never really taken this practice very seriously, but I know a lot of people who do. I can see some value in making promises to ourselves at the beginning of every year aimed at making some change for the better or improving some aspect of our lives. To me it’s another form of goal-setting . . . so why confine that activity to just one day of the year?[Read more…] about PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Pause to Reflect
NEW YORK & NEW ENGLAND
2017 GROUSE CAMP TOUR
October 21 – 29
“There is an old New England saying to the effect that if you give a man a shotgun, a bird dog and a violin, he won’t amount to a damn.”
~William Harnden Foster ~
Join the Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society for the third Grouse Camp Tour, where we celebrate habitat, membership, volunteers and the grouse/woodcock hunting experience. This year’s Tour will be throughout the New York and New England region: New York Grouse & Woodcock Benefit Hunt – Malone, NY, Vermont, Western Massachusetts and Southern Maine.[Read more…] about GROUSE CAMP TOUR STARTS TODAY!
Grouse/woodcock hunters are speaking for the wildlife that cannot speak for themselves – influencing forest management on public lands.
Only partially down the Tennessee mountain trail, Parker Street, of the Appalachian Highlands RGS Chapter, pointed to some Rhododendron sandwiched between clear old growth and a more recently managed mountainside. “Right here . . . there ought to be a bird in here, boys,” he urged.[Read more…] about 2016 GROUSE CAMP TOUR – Virginia/Tennessee
2016 RGS GROUSE CAMP TOUR – West Virginia
The Habitat and History of the Canaan Valley
Grouse camp mystifies the overall grouse and woodcock hunting experience . . . sitting next to a fire, telling stories of misses and great days afield, belly laughing at your buddies, all while petting a bird dog . . . these are all things we cherish and must preserve for future generations of grouse and woodcock hunters.[Read more…] about 2016 RGS GROUSE CAMP TOUR – West Virginia
Day 5 began with a tour at the headquarters of Stormy Kromer, Jacquart Fabric Products, Ironwood, MI. (U.P.) Owner Bob Jacqaurt, who’s one of the most studied Kromer historians today has been a longtime friend of RGS Regional Director, Dave Johnson. Dave paired the Grouse Camp Tour crew up with area chapter committee member Matt Tingstad and friend and fellow RGS member Luke Lamb. It was a short and wet morning hunt but proved to be productive.
Day 4 took place at a very unique grouse camp in Wisconsin. Father and son, Chuck and Chris Bye have tailored their camp specifically for hunting grouse with their prized crew of English setters, including ideal habitat for grouse and woodcock as well as tons of trails for hunters of all mobility levels. Also in camp was Henry Page, longtime friend of the Bye’s and fellow RGS member. It didn’t take the crew long to realize that the most of elements that made up this camp were also in the minds of many grouse hunters’ who strive for a special camp of their own. No element of the grouse camp and hunt experience were lost on these guys, for them it’s about the entire experience, not the game bag status at day’s end.
Day 3 of the Grouse Camp Tour had the crew following along behind two 12 year old brothers, Tucker and Wyatt Johnson. With them was their dad Greg Johnson. Greg is on the committee of his local RGS chapter. Also helping mentor these youth in the woods is RGS Director of Member Relations & Outreach, Mark Fouts along with his crew of top-notch English pointers of all ages.
It was a great morning spent with some very accomplished, young upland bird hunters. The crew had a lot of fun running with these two very safe hunters, and took the opportunity to ask them a few questions including what can be done to get more youth their age in the woods.
After the hunt concluded the crew was southbound for another stop at a very unique fall grouse camp experience.
The Grouse Camp Tour crew would like to thank Tucker, Wyatt and Greg Johnson as well as Mark Fouts for a action-packed morning.
Day 1 of the inaugural RGS Grouse Camp Tour took place on October 19, 2015 in central Minnesota. RGS Staff, Matt Soberg, Seth Heasley, and Nick Larson met up with local member and chapter committee member Aaron Regier. The day was spent following him and his setter female “Wren” around some of his favorite public hunting spots.[Read more…] about Day 1 Redux of the Grouse Camp Tour