Although hunting is not the cause of the decline, the Division and the Fish and Game Council says current grouse population levels cannot support a hunt at this time.
Statistics from the spring sharp-tailed grouse census indicate a 9 percent increase in the number of male grouse counted compared to last year.
It may have been a hindrance to Wisconsin’s annual ruffed grouse drumming survey, which helps biologists gauge population trends.
If someone tries to convince you ruffed grouse are chirping from an urban wetland in April or May (or anytime), they’re probably wrong.
Positive birds were picked up in Ashland, Douglas counties.
Sure, fewer birds may be available, but most hunters have hung up their upland bird spurs for chasing whitetails or tackling the hard water.
Many wildlife species depend on young forests, and work in that direction could be funded through such a stamp.
The leaves are down, but be prepared to walk some miles if you want to shoot a few ruffs during November and December.
The 100 Wisconsin ruffed grouse were recently released in Missouri’s River Hills region, which is the largest contiguous block of forest north of the Missouri River. The birds will be followed by another 100 next year and 100 again in 2020.
Wisconsin’s NRB shortens Zone A ruffed grouse season, but adopts Dec. 31 instead of expected Nov. 30 closure
Conservation groups, sportsmen convince NRB members that there is no scientific information available to support Nov. 30 closure.
The 100 ruffed grouse headed to Missouri this fall should be of little concern to hunters.
Effort to translocate up to 300 grouse to Missouri over three-year period. Missouri Department of Conservation will provide Wisconsin DNR with a donation that will be used to create early-successional forest habitat in the areas where grouse trapping will occur. This work will benefit grouse and other wildlife species that depend on early-successional forest habitat.
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) standing on his drumming logRuffed grouse hunters in northern Minnesota can voluntarily submit samples for a West Nile virus research project being conducted by the Minnesota DNR. Minnesota is collaborating on this project with researchers in Wisconsin and Michigan, and will be sharing protocols and results. West Nile virus is known to exist in the upper…
“By testing birds from key areas in the state we hope to learn the extent to which ruffed grouse are being exposed to West Nile virus, and how it may be affecting them.”
The grouse that are harvested every year tend to be quickly replaced in reproduction.
So far, sentiment for shorter season supported by conjecture, not science.
Riggle calls for a Nov. 30 emergency closure to 2018 Zone A ruffed grouse season.
Sharp-tailed grouse counts also down.
Wisconsin DNR and Natural Resources Board considering a Nov. 30 closure in northern and western counties.
Hunters can participate in ruffed grouse monitoring this summer and fall in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.
A number of factors could be impacting grouse numbers, but West Nile virus is being eyed as the biggest culprit.
The three states are in the early stages of planning to test samples from grouse this fall, but at this point there is no evidence that the virus is having a population-level impact in the Great Lakes region.
Wisconsin DNR personnel and volunteers now running spring ruffed grouse drumming surveys.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The agency that oversees hunting in Pennsylvania is getting a closer look from the state auditor general’s office. Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Tuesday announced his office will be conducting the Game Commission’s first performance audit in nearly a decade. The review includes revenue sources, how the commission is spending money and whether it’s following applicable…
Retired UW professor publishes second ruffed grouse hunting book.
WNV has been confirmed in a handful of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula ruffed grouse, but not yet in Wisconsin ruffies.