Ruffed Grouse “There are two kinds of hunting: ordinary hunting, and ruffed-grouse hunting.” 

—Aldo Leopold, from A Sand County Almanac 

Ruffed grouse and American woodcock hunting is at the core of the RGS and AWS identity. We preserve these cherished sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for grouse and woodcock. We honor the history, ethics and etiquette inherent in our grouse and woodcock hunting traditions, and without the hard work and dedication of RGS, AWS and our dedicated members/volunteers, we would be unable to experience the special days afield we enjoy each fall.



Please see the following grouse and woodcock hunting resources:


Season Forecasts - Preview state-by-state bird population and hunting forecasts from our biologists and state agencies.




Hunting Tips - Learn bird hunting tips including how to spot cover, grouse ecology and identification, bird dog handling and care, and more.




Hunting State-by-State - Review the state-by-state bird hunting information with links to state regulations and maps.




Project Maps - Find locations of RGS and AWS habitat projects on GoogleEarth(r).





Bird Dogs and Trapping- Find information and watch videos about the affect of trapping on bird dogs afield.




Photo Gallery - Enjoy images from members showing experiences with friends and dogs in the grouse and woodcock woods.





Embrace the Challenge

Grouse and woodcock hunters love the formidable challenge that these birds present – we embrace it, and it’s a big part of what draws us together and brings us back to the woods every fall. More than any other kind of bird hunting, grouse and woodcock hunting is wild bird hunting. A challenge can be defined as a contest or a test of skill. Here at RGS and AWS, we are tested every day. It’s fair to suggest that we face a far more daunting set of challenges than any other wildlife conservation organization. We champion a sporting tradition that is, quite frankly, too demanding for some folks to even consider tackling. And because the forest management practices we promote can be visually dramatic, they are often poorly understood and vehemently opposed by many in the general public. 

But the fact that our efforts are so challenging is precisely what makes them so important.  We will not shy away from this test. For the sake of having healthy forests in North America, RGS and AWS rise to the challenge. And for the sake of preserving our sporting tradition for future generations, it is our duty to accept this challenge.


Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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