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Ohio Insider: Diving further into the demise of state’s ruffed grouse

Respondents to the Ohio Division of Wildlife's small game survey reported flushing 0.14 grouse per day during the 2022-23 season. (Photo by Michael Kensinger)

We all realize that curtailing hunting of ruffed grouse isn’t the answer to bringing the bird back. Hunting, in Ohio, at least, moves the needle barely a blip. According to Division of Wildlife (DOW) statistics, there are only about 3,500 people in Ohio who identify themselves as grouse hunters and those hunters average about 6.1 days afield each season in search of grouse. The total number of harvested grouse was less than 200 (195) this past season.

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