The management area supports habitat capable of providing for a wide variety of game wildlife including cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer, fox, coyote, ruffed grouse
, wild turkey, and woodcock.
Two of my Brittanys were working over a 250-acre section of prime ruffed grouse
aspen woods last September just a couple of hours out of Fairbanks, where I've lived the past 40 years.
Upland birds in less-open spaces-especially in the East-are not doing as well, thanks to changes ranging from "clean farming," with less brush left for bobwhite, to white-tailed deer so numerous they've nibbled away the smaller plants ruffed grouse
need for nesting and food.
There are white birch, aspen and cherry trees there, as well as wild grapes and other plants ruffed grouse
like to eat.
In my late-teens, Rick Schwartz and I terrorized ruffed grouse
, duck, goose, squirrel, and deer populations near my hometown of Wadena, Minnesota.
It has the support of such groups as the RMEF, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Ruffed Grouse
Society, among others.
Nothing could be better than a fresh-killed ruffed grouse
, but they're few and far between in Worcester County today.
Roy Anderson on parasites of ruffed grouse
and beaver, respectively.
Arthropods are also important food for ruffed grouse
(Bonasa umbellus) chicks.
These birds have earned the unfortunate distinction of a spot on Audubon's list: American Bittern, Black-throated Sparrow, Boreal Chickadee, Common Grackle, Common Tern, Eastern Meadowlark, Evening Grosbeak, Field Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Greater Scaup, Horned Lark, Lark Sparrow, Little Blue Heron, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Bobwhite, Northern Pintail, Ruffed Grouse
, Rufous Hummingbird, Snow Bunting and Whip-poor-will.
The Eastern Ruffed Grouse
makes its home throughout the Appalachian region of the northeastern US, preferring to live in the thorniest and most bramble-infested parts of the woods called "Coverts.
The active hunting season in Missouri for the native ruffed grouse
was closed this year due to declining populations statewide, a call to action by sportsmen is now needed.