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Friday October 09

RGS Supports Gordon Gullion Data Recovery Project

RGS PRESS RELEASE - RGS members raised $70,000 to support the Gullion Data Recovery Project, an effort to preserve Gordon W. Gullion’s ruffed grouse research data...

Saturday October 10

RGS Reports National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt Results

RGS PRESS RELEASE - RGS held its 34th annual National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt (NGWH) on October 8 and 9, 2015 in and around Grand Rapids, Minnesota with harvest results, obtained by RGS wildlife biologists, showing reproductive success...

Monday October 12

RGS National News Oct 3, 2015

RGS e-News - National News update for October 3, 2015...

Tuesday October 13

Larson and Kouffeld-Hansen Radio Interview

RGS on the Radio - Nick Larson, RGS MN regional director and Meadow Kouffeld-Hansen, RGS MN regional biologist, were interviewed for the 8-27-15 Prairie Outdoorsman radio show out of Marshall, MN...

Thursday October 15

Driftless Region Healthy Forests Workshop Report

RGS News - Maturing forests have led to long-term population declines for ruffed grouse and other young forest wildlife in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. This workshop is an attempt to reverse that decline..

Friday October 16

RGS Celebrates Habitat and Hunting with Grouse Camp Tour

RGS Press Release - RGS and AWS is taking to the road this October to document habitat programs, sporting traditions and the grouse camp experience online and on social media during the 2015 Grouse Camp Tour starting Monday, October 19, 2015...

Tuesday October 20

RGS National News Oct 19, 2015

RGS e-News - National News update for October 19, 2015...

Wednesday October 21

Migration Maps - Sept 2015

RGS News -- RGS' American Woodcock Migration Mapping System Activity Reports for September 2015...

Friday October 23

RGS National News Oct 22, 2015

RGS e-News - National News update for October 22, 2015...

Brush, young trees provide quality habitat for grouse, woodcock

RGS in the News - On Tuesday morning we pulled over to the side of a gravel road in Rusk County bordering a sparse patch of young aspens interspersed with grasses. We were grouse and woodcock hunting, and if I had been picking our hunting spot, I would have kept on driving. However, my hunting companion was Dan Dessecker, director of conservation policy for the Ruffed Grouse Society. Given his credentials, who was I to second guess his choice of habitat? The stuff by the road was 5-year old aspen, which was young for grouse but not too young for woodcock, he said. He hoped to find both at this site...

Thursday October 29

American Bird Conservancy News

RGS Partner News - Recent American Bird Conservancy articles about birds and working forests and banding American woodcock, including the ABC "Conservation On Point" video...

Ruffed grouse hunting: Habitat needs pines, old growth

RGS in the News - Meadow Kouffeld-Hansen doesn't just hunt ruffed grouse with her husband and three Deutsch-Drahthaar pointing dogs; she studies the birds in Minnesota's core range, the forest in the northern reaches of the state...

Ohio hunters not wild about woodcock as bird's count in state shrinks

RGS in the News - Eric Ellis, RGS regional biologist for Ohio, Michigan and Indiana was interviewed for the article. A handsomely plumed, plump, robin-sized bird sporting short legs, a large head and a long bill built for probing damp earth, the American woodcock almost demands that its anatomy be seen in caricature. “It looks like it was built of spare parts,” said Eric Ellis, eastern Great Lakes biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society. “Their ears are located between their bill and their eyes. They have a prehensile bill, meaning they can open just the tip of it to grab earthworms underground. Their brain is upside down.”...

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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