Shrinking habitat ruffles ruffed grouse future


Although I enjoy hunting, be it for wild turkey, deer, rabbit, duck, squirrel, etc., if I were forced to pursuing just one game species, it would be ruffed grouse – often called the "king of the uplands." I savor everything about these russet feathered rockets. I love hearing a cock bird "drumming" in the spring, and the gorgeous autumn habitat I seek them in. Or watching a good grouse dog working through it; then the explosive flush that, regardless of the thousands of times I'm subjected to it, still startles me. And last, but not least, I enjoy grouse meat as table fare (not that I've harvested all that many each year)

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