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Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey

Ruffed Grouse SocietyWin a gun! All those who turn in completed and useable grouse study survey packets will be entered into a drawing for a quality shotgun donated by the Ruffed Grouse Society.


Statewide New Hampshire Survey


New Hampshire Fish and Game conducts an annual grouse wing and tail survey throughout the state to help gain critical information about ruffed grouse in New Hampshire. Hunter participation is key to this effort -- we need your help!


How to take part:
Any grouse hunter can participate by picking up grouse sample packets, which include envelopes and survey cards for two grouse samples, from any of the participating locations listed below. Hunters are asked to remove all tissue from wing and tail samples and to let them dry completely before placing the samples in the envelopes.  Do NOT place the samples in plastic of any kind.  Hunters should place only one wing and tail in each envelope with the corresponding completed survey card. Completed packets must be returned to one of these locations.


Packets will be available as of September 21, 2018 at the following locations

  • NH Fish and Game Department, Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH (get directions)
    • Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Packets may be picked up and delivered to the licensing office on the first floor.
    • Fish and Game Regional Offices in Lancaster, New Hampton, Durham, and Keene, NH (get directions): Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Errol General Store, 76 Main Street, Errol, NH
  • Lopstick Lodge, 1st Connecticut Lake, Pittsburg, NH
  • Old Corner Store, Jefferson, NH
  • Tall Timber Lodge, Pittsburg, NH
  • Treat's and Treasures, Pittsburh, NH
  • Young’s General Store Pittsburg, NH
  • Gord's Corner Store, Milan, NH


Results from the previous year's survey may be viewed in the Small Game Report PDF Document


Please let other ruffed grouse enthusiasts know about this survey and help us increase participation this year, and say thanks to these business owners for their effort, as well.


For more information on the grouse survey, call Karen Bordeau, NH Fish and Game Small Game Project Leader, at Fish and Game's Region 2 Office in New Hampton, NH, at (603) 744-5470.