2016 Michigan Outlook good for ruffed grouse hunting this fall


Ruffed grouse hunting enthusiasts should see more birds this year as the species continues to trend up after hitting the bottom of its 10-year population cycle in 2013.

“Flush” rates for grouse are expected to be better or at least equal to 2015, said Al Stewart, upland game bird specialist and program leader for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Brood numbers this year appear strong, with reports of nests with a dozen eggs and hens raising six to eight chicks, Stewart said.

The birds won’t be as abundant as in 2010, the last peak year, but should be numerous enough to be worth getting out in the field, he said.

“This is a good year to buy a puppy,” Stewart said. “They can learn and work the birds, and when they (grouse) hit the peak, the dog will be a grouse-hunting machine.”

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New York State 2016 Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey Results Are Lowest In the Past 5 Years

NY State has released it’s drumming survey report for 2016 and the results are that the indicators are saying that hunter success will be down from 2015.

Grouse Drumming, Grouse Drumming per Participant, and Drumming Rate are all at the lowest numbers in the past 5 years.


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Planning begins for logging project in Haywood NC – Ruffed Grouse

Written by  Holly Kays

About 50 people representing groups including the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, MountainTrue, The Nature Conservancy, the Ruffed Grouse Society and Haywood County government — among a host of others — found their way to the room at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville, taking a seat on the large circle of chairs waiting for them.

“This is the very start of this project,” explained Jason Herron, project lead for the U.S. Forest Service. “We haven’t even analyzed any project area for any opportunities yet because we wanted to get a very early idea of what people want from this project.”

The project area includes 10,695 acres of the Pisgah National Forest, located in the northeastern piece of Haywood that’s part of the Appalachian Ranger District. The area, referred to as 12 Mile, encompasses Long Arm Mountain and Hurricane Mountain, bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the west and touching the Tennessee border to the north. 

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