New Hunter Mentor Program


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The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society have initiated the New Hunter Mentor Program (NHMP), an outreach initiative focused on educating and influencing all new hunters including youth, women, young adults, veterans, older adults and others.


The Program includes an educational component taught over multiple days intended to provide a well-rounded upland hunting, safety, habitat and bird ecology education for better understanding of grouse and woodcock hunting.


Educational topics include:

Section 1. Gun Safety & Marksmanship, Shooting (emphasis on safety, guns and shells*)

Section 2. Dog Handling, Care (safety, dog breeds, dog care and handling afield)

Section 3. Field Skills & Habitat Awareness, Mapping (habitat, bird facts and identification)


The final section is the Mentor Hunting Experience where participants accompany an experienced hunter to the grouse/woodcock woods or a game preserve, if necessary, to implement the skills learned.


New hunters must pass all three initial sections before enjoying the mentor hunting experience, and after passing each section, they will receive a patch they can put on their hunting vest or gear to show their participation in the program.


The program is put on under the auspices of, “Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Yourself,” with an emphasis on safety, science and ethics. Through this program, RGS and AWS will educate and encourage future generations of grouse and woodcock hunters to preserve the legacy of our cherished sport.



This program is coordinated by RGS and AWS Director of Member Relations and Outreach Mark Fouts, a longtime RGS employee from Superior, Wisconsin who has worked with chapters, members, volunteers and youth for over 25 years. To volunteer, participate or for more information contact:


Mark Fouts

RGS & AWS Director of Member Relations & Outreach

715-399-2270 (bus.)

218-340-4519 (cell)


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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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