RGS is about...


Hunting ruffed grouse and woodcock and enjoying the other wildlife

that share the place where they live and respecting the habitat that

provides them with food, cover from predators, shelter, and a place to



breed and rear their young.


Actively managing those young forests or “habitats” by using tools,
like controlled fire and forest cutting, recognized as effective by Aldo


Leopold, the father of the wildlife management profession.




Educating the public about the habitat requirements of these birds,

both game and non-game and gaining broad public support to actively

manage using controlled fire and timber harvest, and that clear-cutting

as a forest management tool, when properly applied, is ecologically



Explaining that these birds live in a place that, unless actively managed,

will give way to trees which shade out the plants that are home to ruffed



grouse, woodcock, many songbirds, rabbits and deer.




Walking in the woods and pausing at the sound of what seems to be an



old John Deere tractor and realizing it is a grouse drumming in spring.




Going afield with the expectation of bagging a grouse or “patridge” or a

“timberdoodle” and being overtaken with pride as your dog carries its head

high as it moves into the wind, locks on point and waits for you to flush the



Uttering an “aw shucks” when the bird flushes across an opening and

evades what you thought were well-placed number 8s.


Inviting friends to share a fine meal of grouse and all the trimmings and

listening to how your spouse backed you up on the shot after yours felled

a young aspen.


Banquets where friends with a common interest in these birds and their

conservation come together to have fun and provide the funding needed

to make it all happen.

 It is really not about us at all, it is about our kids, grandkids

and their kids for, without our help, these places will not be

there for them or the birds to enjoy.


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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