New Hampshire Fish and Game to Hold Ruffed Grouse Workshop

Posted by admin On August - 6 - 2011

New Hampshire hunters who are interested in learning more about the ins, outs and tactics of hunting ruffed grouse can do so Aug. 20 in Holderness.

There will be a workshop that runs from 9 a.m. until noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. The session will be led by grouse hunting enthusiasts and instructors Sean Williamson and Dan Keleher.

Pre-registration is required to attend the event. To sign up, simply call (603) 536-3954.

“Often referred to as the ‘king of game birds,’ the ruffed grouse has provided New Hampshire’s upland bird hunters with hours of excitement and frustration, and the more wing shooters can learn about this magnificent bird the more successful they will become,” said Mike Zagata, the president and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society.

The workshop covers the basic skills needed for the pursuit of these challenging birds. Participants also will learn about grouse behavior, hunting safety issues, hunting with or without dogs, gaining permission to hunt/landowner relations, clothing choices, shotgun and ammunition options, creature comforts for an enjoyable hunt and recipes for grouse, as presented by Ruffed Grouse Society wildlife biologist Andy Weik. The session will include an outdoor component, using Owl Brook’s remote-controlled target throwers to simulate field shooting conditions.

Grouse hunting season in New Hampshire opens October 1 and runs through December 31, with a daily bag limit of four birds. To learn more about small game hunting in New Hampshire, visit this website.

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