Ruffed Grouse Society Camp Tour- Malone NY takes a look at one of the many Camp Tours put on by the non-profit conservation group. These tours are built around the raising of critical conservation funds for future and current habitat management as well as the on going research by the Ruffed Grouse Society. Here, grouse hunters from all over the Northeast converge on the little town of lamone NY on the Canadian border to celebrate their passion and dedication to the Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock.
Mountain trails through North Carolina’s public lands can provide access to plenty of ruffed grouse.
Lindy Ammons of Robbinsville is a lifelong grouse hunter who, at 55, still hunts along the steep trails near Fontana Lake Village like a young man, keeping the pace of a power walk.
“I wouldn’t say my job keeps me in shape,” said Ammons, who maintains properties for Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydropower, which operates power generation facilities at Fontana and other lakes, “but it keeps me busy and moving around a lot. You are going to be moving around a lot if you are going to find a grouse.”
Ammons, whose grouse dog is Clyde, a 4-year-old English setter, remembers times when flushing seven or eight grouse per day was commonplace in Nantahala National Forest near Fontana Lake. He became so addicted to hunting grouse that he headed to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during its ruffed grouse heyday.
“Back when the ruffed grouse cycle peaked in 1998, we hunted the U.P. and shot dozens during one trip,” he said. “That was a great time for me and my friends, and it was great experience for our bird dogs. Nowadays, around Pisgah and Nantahala (national forests), if you flush one to three grouse, you have had a good day. If you shoot one, you have had an exceptional day. What you are really doing is getting out, hiking for the exercise for yourself and your dog. If you enjoy doing that, you can still shoot some grouse.”
On Day 3 the RGS Grouse Camp Tour crew meets up with fellow coworker Mark Fouts, Director of Member Relations & Outreach and two very special guests, 12 year old brothers Tucker and Wyatt Johnson and their dad Steve who’s Banquet Chairman for the area’s RGS chapter.
Bird Dogs Afield TV visits Cabins at Lopstick in Pittsburg, NH for grouse and woodcock hunting.
Hunting Ruffed Grouse with English Setters in the snow