Coraopolis, PA – The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) held its 36th annual Nationwide Grouse and Woodcock Hunt (NGWH) on October 12 and 13, 2017 in and round Grand Rapids, Minnesota with harvest outcomes, obtained by RGS wildlife biologists, exhibiting decreases in ruffed grouse and American woodcock harvests in comparison with 2016.
Taking part hunters (108) harvested 124 ruffed grouse through the two-day hunt (62 grouse on day 1 and 62 grouse on day 2), which is a 30 p.c lower from the 2016 harvest of 175 ruffed grouse and a 50 p.c lower from the typical harvest. Every hunter harvested a median of zero.5 grouse per day in 2017, which is low in comparison with the typical of 1.four. The recruitment ratio was three.33 with 45 p.c of harvested birds being adults, 55 p.c being juveniles, 60 p.c males and 40 p.c females. The colour section breakdown was 9.6 p.c grey, 20 p.c intermediate, 11 p.c brown, 44 p.c purple and 14 p.c break up. Dry climate and powerful south winds supplied troublesome scenting situations for hunters with hen canine.
Taking part hunters harvested 333 American woodcock, which is a 14 p.c lower over the 2016 harvest of 384 American woodcock. Every hunter harvested a median of 1.54 woodcock per day in 2017 in comparison with 1.9 in 2016, and it is a 26 p.c lower from the typical of two.1 woodcock harvested per day. The recruitment ratio was zero.5125 with 42 p.c of harvested woodcock being males, 58 p.c females, 75 p.c adults and 25 p.c juveniles.
“Not solely has the RGS Nationwide Hunt been an vital celebration of grouse and woodcock looking for over 35 years, nevertheless it gives an unparalleled alternative to check the inhabitants ecology of ruffed grouse and American woodcock,” stated RGS President and CEO John Eichinger. “Every year, the information collected provides us an opportunity to raised perceive these two vital sport birds. The data amassed all through the historical past of this occasion represents one of many longest, steady efforts for accumulating scientific knowledge of a goal species inside a particular area.”
The late Gordon W. Gullion, universally acknowledged because the world’s professional on ruffed grouse, instantly acknowledged the scientific potential of the NGWH when the occasion was first held in 1982. Gullion understood that as a result of it’s carried out in the identical locale, on the identical time every year and utilizing the identical strategies, it gives an excellent alternative to check the annual variation of the native ruffed grouse inhabitants and the way that variation pertains to the 10-year cycle.
The NGWH is carried out within the Grand Rapids space through the second week in October every year. This world-class occasion is sponsored and coordinated by the Grand Rapids Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society whose volunteers contribute actually 1000’s of hours of their time to make the occasion occur.
For over 35 years, the NGWH has supplied invaluable perception into the ecology of those two premier sport birds. RGS will proceed to ask questions and, hopefully, discover solutions by means of the NGWH that may assist safe the longer term for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and the sportsmen and ladies who maintain them so expensive.
Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society is North America’s foremost conservation group devoted to preserving our sporting traditions by creating wholesome forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and different wildlife. RGS/AWS works with landowners and authorities companies to develop essential habitat using scientific administration practices.
Info on RGS/AWS, its mission, administration tasks and membership might be discovered on the internet at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.