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 Cooperator Ruffed Grouse Hunting Log where hunters record the number of birds flushed per hour of hunting effort. The Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey survey provides a harvest-independent index of grouse distribution and abundance during the critical breeding season in the spring.
You can use this form to record the number of drumming male grouse you hear while turkey hunting this spring. Please record every turkey hunting trip whether you observe grouse drumming or not. When you do hear a grouse, be sure to record each drumming male only once. More detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the data sheet.
Please return your completed survey to:
Grouse Drumming Survey
Albany, NY 12233-4754
Results from previous years can be viewed using the links in the left-hand column.
Thanks for your help!
More about Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey:
- 2012 Drumming Survey Results - A summary of results for the grouse drumming survey for 2012.
- 2011 Drumming Survey Results - A summary of results for the grouse drumming survey for 2011.
- 2010 Drumming Survey Results - A summary of results for the grouse drumming survey for 2010.
- 2009 Drumming Survey Results - A summary of results for the grouse drumming survey for 2009.