Is Pennsylvania’s grouse problem everyone else’s grouse problem?

Rough grouse populations have not been doing well in Pennsylvania for a while now, and other states are seeing similar drops in their grouse populations. Watch this video to see some of the thinking behind why this is going on.

To learn more, read: Ruffed Grouse Decline and Their Future in the Keystone State

Pennsylvania Game Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission

Watch: Flushing Grouse – A Ruffed Grouse Society Film ….

I’m a pointing-dog guy, and for me, the sight of a dog locked up on a grouse or woodcock is crucial to the upland-hunting experience.

But some guys would disagree, including Fritz and Ric Heller. They star in this film, produced by Project Upland in association with the Ruffed Grouse Society.

Exploring the World of Ruffed Grouse Hunting with Flushing Dogs

“The primary reason I go (grouse hunting) is to get away from everything and to be in that moment. It’s really special to be 100% completely present and committed, and it probably talks a lot about the flushing dogs. You know, you’re not listening to a beeper or a bell in the distance waiting for it to stop, you’re 100% focused on what’s going on in front of you the entire time…”

Watch: Flushing Grouse – A Ruffed Grouse Society Film ....
Watch: Flushing Grouse – A Ruffed Grouse Society Film ….

Short films grouse & woodcock hunter are sure to like…

Like grouse hunting? Then you’ll really like these short films. They’re part of the Project Upland Film: Bird Hunting Film Series a ” film initiative to help promote the future of upland bird hunting and the non-profit The Ruffed Grouse Society.” Check them out now.

The Experience: Follow veteran Grouse hunter and New Hampshire native Harry Rowell into the Grouse woods. While Hunting New Hampshire, Harry reflects on his passion for Grouse hunting and the experience as a whole. A humbling short film that will inspire future and current bird hunters alike.

Because They’re Wild: Follow Northeast Regional Director of The Ruffed Grouse Society, Tripp Way into the Grouse Woods. Tripp reflects on his enjoyment of the woods, his passion for the Ruffed Grouse and the precious time spent afield with friends. As a dedicated conservationist and experienced upland hunter Tripp delivers the powerful line of “Its our responsibility to get these folks in the woods”.

Journey to the Northwoods: A great look at grouse hunting …

There’s killing and there’s hunting: One takes a life, the other makes our lives more  meaningful, while giving us the opportunity to show respect and admiration for the game we pursue and the world we all inhabit.

This video does a nice job of capturing hunting and what makes it so special.

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English Pointer Pups, from
Pointer Pups, from

I love Pointers. So does professional photographer and graphic/website designer Chris Mathan. She’s an amateur dog trainer, field trialer, and avid upland bird hunter with a passion for pointers and setters.

Chris is also the founder of The Sportsman’s Cabinet, and she offers a full range of marketing services for hunting, shooting sports and outdoor industries,  including marketing strategy development, identity creation, print advertising, graphic design, website development, outdoor photography, and consultation.

Her photos and stories have appeared in Field Trial Magazine, The American Field, and in the Ruffed Grouse Society’s magazine. She has also designed web sites for top kennels like Erin Kennels and  Northwoods Bird Dogs and done some impressive work for Davis Quail Hunts and Dogs Unlimited. On top of all that, Chris is also the co-founder and co-editor of Strideaway, the online publication dedicated to FDSB field trials for pointers and setters. And I thought I was busy!

If you like to see lots of great pics of hunting dogs, be sure to check out Chris’ photography.