A great day for hunting in 'grouse camp'


11/02/15

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Original article "A great day for hunting in 'grouse camp'" by Paul A. Smith, Outdoors Editor for the Milwaukee, WI Journal Sentinel available here http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/a-great-day-for-hunting-in-grouse-camp-b99605848z1-339133531.html.

Prentice — Autumn weekends mean different things to different people.

For a majority of Wisconsinites, they're an opportunity to display faithfulness to the Green Bay Packers.

Chris Bye and father Chuck Bye

For Chuck Bye and his son, Chris, both of Hudson, they provide a chance to commune with a different "green and gold."

The Byes gather with friends and dogs and partake in a slice of the outdoor life they hold sacred.

The site is a 530-acre property rich with aspen, alder, hardwoods, creeks and ponds in north-central Wisconsin.

They call it "grouse camp."

...the cast included regular members Henry Page of Lake Forest, Ill., and Scotty Blaylock of Canton, N.C., as well as first-time visitors Seth Heasley of Williamsport, Pa., Nick Larson of Duluth, Minn., Matt Soberg of Brainerd, Minn., and me.

Heasley, Larson and Soberg work for the Ruffed Grouse Society and were in the midst of the conservation organization's inaugural "Grouse Camp Tour."

The tour was designed to document habitat programs, sporting traditions and the grouse camp experience, said Soberg, RGS editor and director of communications.

"Few things epitomize the importance of our sporting traditions as well as a grouse camp experience in October," Soberg said.

The tour, which included reports on social media, shared the hunters' love for grouse and woodcock hunting and "everything that makes RGS a leader in forest conservation," Soberg said.

The RGS crew started in Minnesota and ended in Michigan. The Wisconsin swing included a stop near Superior and an overnight stay and day of hunting with the Byes.

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Heading back to camp

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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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