Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hunting Ruffed grouse in the winter.

Winter can be a great time to hunt ruffed grouse. Okay, anytime is a good time to hunt grouse (maybe – maybe – no so much in the early season) but winter can be particularly good. If, as always, you find where the birds are. 


Many hunters have trouble finding ruffed grouse during late season, even with the aid of snow. Since ruffs are usually grouped around the available food sources, it might take a bit of walking to find them.

It is usually to a late-season grouse hunter’s advantage to hunt at a fast pace until tracks in the snow indicate a group of grouse has been feeding in the area, and then slow down and hunt that territory thoroughly.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The 'Passion for Grouse,' and the triumph of the thick book - Book Review


You can call it a "book."

Like you'd call a grouse a "bird."

But at 560 pages, 6 pounds and $100, "A Passion for Grouse: The Lore and Legend of America's Premier Game Bird," is something more.

Like the bird itself.


The volume, by Washington-based Wild River Press, is a compendium of, an ode to, and an offering before the likeness of the ruffed grouse, that dun-shaded bird of the woods that is a symbol of both the hunting proletariat and the Scotch-drinking class, and whose pursuit might often land a hunter from each caste side-by-side as equals.

American Woodcock Society fundraiser dinner Feb. 28 - Louisiana

PORT ALLEN - The Louisiana Woodcock Chapter of the American Woodcock Society will host the Inaugural Sportsmen's Habitat Banquet on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at the West Baton Rouge Information & Conference Center located at 2750 North Westport Drive beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

The AWS is the newly-created sister organization of the Ruffed Grouse Society and both organizations are dedicated to preserving sporting traditions by creating habitat for forest wildlife.
As with all RGS fundraisers, proceeds from this AWS event will be used to restore and protect area grouse and woodcock habitat.

The evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectables.
For more information or to purchase tickets contact Shawn Trahan at (337) 654-4559 or email thekajun@icloud.com.

RGS Expands Forest Habitat Effort with Creation of the American Woodcock Society

Coraopolis, PA - The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is proud to announce the creation of the American Woodcock Society (AWS), a branch of RGS initiated to expand forest habitat efforts and upland hunting opportunities to new landscapes across the nation.

            “The formation of the American Woodcock Society is a landmark event for forest conservation in the United States. The Ruffed Grouse Society has been the leader in woodcock conservation for decades. The creation of AWS expands existing efforts while advancing habitat creation and membership reach to additional regions that may not have ruffed grouse populations,” said RGS/AWS President and CEO John Eichinger.

            While grouse and woodcock share similar habitats, they don’t coexist across all landscapes, and AWS advances forest management and mission outreach to states that may not have grouse populations, especially in the southern United States where the majority of woodcock spend the winter months. Enhancing habitat in these regions also benefits many songbirds and other wildlife that rely upon young forest habitats. In addition, these regions continue to have a strong bird-hunting culture, and the habitat created by RGS/AWS will strengthen and expand these sporting traditions.

            “The goal of our organization is, and always has been, to preserve our sporting traditions by creating healthy forests for grouse, woodcock and other forest wildlife. At this crucial time in forest management from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico, the AWS allows us to positively affect our nation’s forests and to spread awareness of our mission to a significantly larger group of supporters. The bottom line is that RGS and AWS will be able to collectively benefit more members, officials, conservationists and hunters who are passionate about the birds we love,” Eichinger concluded.

            The AWS will begin operations immediately, and anyone interested in AWS habitat efforts, chapters or membership can contact RGS/AWS at (412) 262-4044 or aws@ruffedgrousesociety.org.