Former RGS/AWS Regional Biologist Gary Zimmer has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Donald H. Rusch Memorial Award, in recognition of his strong advocacy and tireless efforts on behalf of wildlife in the state of Wisconsin. The award was presented to Gary at the Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society annual meeting in Rothschild, WI on March 2nd. Nominees are judged based on the significance of their contribution to wildlife conservation in Wisconsin, and must be strong supporter of the role of hunting in wildlife conservation. The award is named after the late Don Rusch, former UW-Madison faculty member who conducted some of the pioneering work on ruffed grouse in the upper Midwest. Congratulations, Gary!
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.