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.
Annual turkey and grouse brood survey to estimate population growth.
Turkey hunters hearing a lot of drumming this spring, according to RGS state biologist.
Perhaps sportsmen and legislators should consider the ruffed grouse as the state game bird instead.