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Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey

Ruffed Grouse Society

New Hampshire Fish and Game conducts an annual grouse wing and tail survey throughout the state to help gain critical information about ruffed grouse.  The samples provide us with age and sex composition, distribution data and juvenile to adult female ratio.  Of the 173 useable samples (sex and age could be determined) in 2018 there were 87 adults of which 36 (41%) were males and 51 (59%) were females.  Eighty-six (50%) usable samples were juveniles.  The juvenile to adult female ratio was 1.69; these results were higher than the 1.08 reported last year.  In 2018, the grouse flush rate per hour hunted was 1.94. This is an increase from the reported 1.59 flush rate in 2017.


Hunter participation is key to this effort – we need your help and you could win a gun.  All those who turn in completed survey cards and usable samples will be entered into a drawing for a quality shotgun donated by the Ruffed Grouse Society.


Any grouse hunter can participate by picking up grouse samples 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 the wing and tail samples and to let them dry completely before placing the samples in the envelopes.  Please DO NOT place the samples in plastic of any kind; use the envelopes.  Hunters should place only one wing and one 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 20, 2019 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 Wildlife Division Office on the second 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.