Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey
The ruffed grouse is a forest species widely distributed across New York State. While some grouse are found in more mature forests, the greatest population densities are in younger-aged forests. Turkey hunters in pursuit of that wary gobbler in the spring are ideally suited for monitoring ruffed grouse during the breeding season. The characteristic sound of a drumming male grouse is as much a part of the spring woods as yelping hens and gobbling toms.
Photo by John Major
DEC currently monitors grouse populations in the fall through the Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock Hunting Log where hunters record the number of birds flushed per hour of hunting effort. The Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey provides a harvest-independent index of grouse distribution and abundance during the critical breeding season in the spring.
Completed surveys and other correspondence should be sent to:
Grouse Drumming Survey
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Results from previous years can be viewed using the links in the left-hand column.
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