Hunting & Heritage  |  09/13/2023

Podcast Ep. 230: Grouse & Woodcock Habitat & Hunting with Ruffed Grouse Society

Host Bob St.Pierre is joined by Ruffed Grouse Society & American Woodcock Society’s Engagement Coordinator Sam Tilman, along with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Vice President of Conservation Programs Rich Wissink to discuss their shared love of the autumn ruffed grouse woods. The conversation covers ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat, biology, and hunting tactics.
Episode Highlights:
  • Wissink, recently back from a Montana sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge hunt during opening weekend, provides a recap of his first hunting trip into the uplands this season.
  • Tillman provides a great description of grouse and woodcock habitat for listeners who’ve never visited the Northwoods but are interested in a new upland hunting adventure.
  • The group also has some fun running down the roster of nicknames for the American woodcock.  
  • Tillman also explains the difference between how ruffed grouse populations are surveyed using drumming counts versus august roadside counts used to measure pheasant and quail population indexes.
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