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.
And “Nothing eats better than a ruffed grouse.”
No evidence of human infection from eating properly cooked game.
With all of the leaves now down, bird hunters have no excuse not to get out.
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) standing on his drumming logNorth Dakota’s popular hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept. 9. State Game and Fish Department upland game biologist R.J. Gross says hunters will likely see fewer sharptails and Huns compared to last year, while ruffed grouse numbers are up from 2016. Gross said that hot, dry early summer…
Spring drumming counts are up from 2016.
The 2017 survey results for ruffed grouse were 2.1 drums per stop statewide. The averages during 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 were 0.9 and 1.1 and 1.1 and 1.3, respectively.
The Ruffed Grouse and Young Forest Strategic Plan looks 10 years out and its success hinges on an array of partners working together to create the young forest habitat on which grouse and other woodland species can thrive.
Michigan’s grouse season runs Sept. 15 to Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Woodcock, a migratory bird, have an abbreviated season, Sept. 23 to Nov. 6.