Reach out Being a PA resident,I agree.South west Pa is the same.25 years ago Hunting with a foot of snow on the ground 2 dogs and friends. I’ve been hunting and guiding hunters for grouse for 20+ years now in Price county Wis. Our county is one of the premier places to grouse hunt in the world! Go back to the city. Hey, Bill. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. These cookies do not store any personal information. Next best thing. indicates a long-term population decline since 1966. Your IP: I will say shoot sporting clay! In the past 6 months I have killed 18 skunks on our 400 acres and there are more to kill! it’s not economical (e.g., because of a decline in the local forest products I own 50 acres of ideal grouse habitat in NW PA. properties, the potential habitat benefit could be meaningful. Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana) for input on the issues in her region. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. listings. They all eat and destroy eggs and nests, I have seen it on my own property with grouse and duck nests. If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. Minnesota offers some of the best grouse hunting in the country. I agree, I am surrounded by excellent habitat in Oneida County WI. Grouse have seen significant declines in northwest PA . • The problem comes when some urbanite drives out to the county and calls 911 when they see fire or smells smoke. do so, support any local timber harvesting or forest product industries as much In 1985 I did a job at Raccoon State Park in SW Pa. If you’re interested, please drop me an email: The grouse decline is most likely multi faceted but I will guarantee you the the turkeys are a major factor, but all the RGS can talk about is timber harvest. And if you don’t already I love the woods. Can We Stop the Decline of the Ruffed Grouse? This I also asked Heather Shaw (RGS Regional Biologist for We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. misconceptions about forest management. let’s update our ecological understanding of this resource. Regards This is certainly true. There’s a general understanding that ruffed grouse need young forest. Add to that the other diseases, and it makes it near impossible to grow a grouse to maturity. attention to the issue and lead to a pro-active recovery plan and resulting Don’t blame coyotes. That’s also the case for ruffed grouse. Where i live we have intensively aspen logged for nearly 40 years, more so called great habitat young aspen on the landscape than anytime in recent history, yet the grouse numbers are ridiculously low. Farther south, grouse inhabit deciduous forests of oaks, hickories, and pines, while in the Pacific Northwest you can find them in riparian habitats. What can the RGS offer us, other than timbering rationale? Grouse have always lived in predator rich environments, if you look at Bump work back in the 50’s,-a time of grouse range expansion and high densities, a whole suite predators used grouse. realized from sale of timber. necessary to provide the variability [grouse need].” Sustainable forest There were grouse in pre-settlement forests, but probably not at high levels over large areas. How do we Coordination among different parties is necessary to address Excellent habitat only leads to higher population of predators. Without active management to provide that opportunity, habitat will continue to Your IP: Each state This map depicts the range boundary, defined as the areas where the species is estimated to occur at a rate of 5% or more for at least one week within … If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. There are a few layers to this discussion. your state or federal agencies. let’s update our ecological understanding of this resource. I have watched a steady decline to the point that I refused to shoot any if I flushed them out of sympathy. Ordiway noted that this situation will be “the result of a conscious wildlife. decision not to manage [these forest ecosystems]…Who will accept accountability I didn’t even see them until the hen began running away from me acting like she had a broken wing or something. Fast forward to the past 25 years . trees is not deforestation. The Ruffed Grouse Society has taken a strong stance on these I would love to talk to you about this situation. is virtually inevitable unless our forests are managed with sufficient Food for thought. Grouse populations that hunters got used to over the last many decades are an accident of past land management decisions. Scientists are who got us in this situation, also I don’t think Appalachia’s grouse had the same cycles as northern grouse. The thing that folks miss is that grouse are not the only declining species. Forest fire and other natural disaster can also clear forests. Ohio had stocked turkey in northern Jefferson Cty a few years earlier, needless to say 1990 was about the last year we had any turkeys to speak of. management approaches help to create forests with the right composition and age Thus one finds few grouse there. ruffed grouse is not currently listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act How about studying the effects of various predators on grouse populations? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The Almost non existent and turkeys everywhere including in the young aspen. Here’s food for thought. hunting seasons out of concern for the grouse population. has also proposed a much shorter 2020 season with a lower daily bag limit. I also learned that Pennsylvania’s grouse population is like Indiana’s. Shaw noted that, “various game and non-game conservation Bill you are absolutely right on target. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. private ownership – if more landowners allow timber harvests on their Some states have been battling with emergency closures of efforts. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. intensity across the landscape.” Where data and monitoring indicate it is What issue are we talking about? • Unfortunately, Ordiway also noted that there has Wildlife Conservation Partners coalition, advocating for these issues Wake up RGS! I thought I would do some scouting and I found zero grouse in about total of 12 hrs over multiple days. This plump grouse has a cocky crest and a tail marked by a broad, dark band near the tip. Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus Range map Data provided by eBird. The Ruffed Grouse Society periodically lets you management. The only grouse I’ve heard the last 10 years, are those that flush 80 yards ahead. Without fire this bird has difficulty finding food on the forest floor. Mixed-age groves of aspen, spruce, and birch make ideal habitat for Ruffed Grouse in the northern part of their range. mentioned that in Indiana, this endangered listing will hopefully bring We have a population of predators, including hunting, that exceeds prey species’ reproductive abilities. declines. It’s great! grouse have been proposed for state endangered listing in Indiana. Ryan – I agree with your article. Weight:About 1.5 pounds. continuous forest management, and explain those benefits to others. example, we know what habitat types grouse need throughout the year. this issue. Jones, CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society points out, “trees are a renewable Increasing urban/agricultural sprawl and declining rates of forest management have resulted in unnaturally single-aged forest with little structural diversity. He is an avid small game, turkey, and whitetail hunter from northern Minnesota and loves managing habitat almost as much as hunting. With Beech bark disease and emerald ash borer killing thousands of trees, the timbering has left a forest that is basically a clear cut in many areas. Hunters may be well served to readjust their conception of acceptable grouse numbers in the absence of landscape level management that accidentally creates good grouse habitat. Ohio’s grouse population is also experiencing a steep decline very Coon…I lost count. You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. landowners to get the habitat work done. collaborate on recovery plans for grouse to restore enough habitat and reverse You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. The question then becomes how do we stop other In winter, ruffed grouse have comb-like fringes on their toes that, like snowshoes, allow for easy travel on snow. I assume that the wildlife biologists are studying the relationship (impact) of the dramatic — and relatively rapid — rise (recovery) in wild turkey population and the noted decline in grouse numbers. We are already timbering, but we have no grouse to show for the effort.