Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log
Ruffed grouse and American woodcock are widely distributed across New York State. These species prefer habitats in an early stage of succession such as young forests, shrublands, and old orchards and fields. As New York's forests grow older, these preferred habitats are declining, resulting in a decline in grouse and woodcock numbers since the 1960s.
This survey asks hunters to record their daily grouse and woodcock hunting activities in a "hunting log", including the number of grouse and woodcock flushed, the number of hours hunted, the number of birds killed, and if a dog was used to hunt. The primary purpose of the log is to monitor the number of birds flushed per hour. Grouse and woodcock share many of the same habitats, so the information you provide will help monitor populations of both of these great game birds as habitats change both locally and on a landscape scale.
The 2016-17 Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock Hunting Log (PDF) (51 kB) is available for printing or download.
Completed survey forms and other correspondence can be sent to:
Albany, NY 12233-4754
If you would like to join our mailing list to receive survey materials prior to the season, contact us by phone (518-402-8886) or
e-mail Grouse Log (Please leave the words "Grouse Log" in the subject line.)
After you have completed your hunting log, you can contact the Department at the address above for a postage-paid envelope to send in your data sheet(s).
Grouse log cooperator arm patches
In subsequent years, you will receive a hunting log in the mail just prior to the hunting season. The personal information you provide (e.g., name, address) will be kept confidential.
Reports from previous seasons can be found in the links in the left-hand column.
Thanks for your help and good luck!
More about Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log:
- 2015-16 Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log Results - A summary of results from the 2015-16 grouse and woodcock hunting seasons.
- 2014-15 Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log Results - A summary of results from the 2014-15 grouse and woodcock hunting seasons.
- 2013-14 Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log Results - A summary of results from the 2013-14 grouse and woodcock hunting seasons.