American woodcock Migration Maps

 The Ruffed Grouse Society is pleased to once again provide the American woodcock migration mapping feature. It was active from September 19, 2011 through April 30, 2012.


Check here for prior day, week, month and season maps, which when compared will show the general movement of the birds on their migration.

Woodcock Migration Map Activity Levels

The Migration Map opened for fall 2011 to April 30, 2012, as of Sept. 19, 2011.

Post New Activity Reports for Current Date

Historical maps for Fall 2011 thru April 2012, most recent at the top.

March 2012 maps may be viewed here.

February 2012 maps may be viewed here.

January 2012 maps may be viewed here.

December 2011 maps may be viewed here.

November 2011 maps may be viewed here.

October 2011 maps may be viewed here.

September 2011 maps may be viewed here.


April 2012 maps may be here.

Links to Historical maps for Fall 2009 thru December 2011 may be found here.

New Hampshire - Free Workshop on Ruffed Grouse Hunting August 18

HOLDERNESS, N.H. - Get set for the fall grouse season at a free workshop on Ruffed Grouse Hunting on Saturday, August 18, 2012, from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. The session will be led by grouse hunting enthusiasts/hunter education instructors Sean Williamson and Dan Keleher. In addition, Andrew Weik, the Northeast biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society, will give a presentation on ruffed grouse and their habitat needs. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call 603-536-3954.

The workshop covers the basic skills needed for the pursuit of these challenging birds. Participants also will learn about grouse behavior, hunting safety issues, hunting with or without dogs, gaining permission to hunt/landowner relations, clothing choices, shotgun and ammunition options, creature comforts for an enjoyable hunt and recipes for grouse.

Grouse hunting season in New Hampshire opens October 1 and runs through December 31, with a daily bag limit of four birds. To learn more about small game hunting in New Hampshire, visit ... l_game.htm.

For more information about the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, and directions to the center, visit

WA and OR Grouse Habitat Maps Available

A joint project between the USFS and RGS publishes newly available maps of potential ruffed grouse and blue grouse habitat on national forests in Oregon and Washington.

Utilizing US Forest Service data, potential ruffed grouse (and blue grouse) habitat has been mapped using GoogleEarth. By clicking the various combinations of data layers, the viewer can see rough maps of National Forests within Oregon and Washington overlaid with colors denoting potential grouse habitat. You can also select various views (Map, Terrain, Satellite, or Hybrid) and also zoom in to see greater detail.

Pages describing NW US habitat, in word and photos, for each species are also provided.
 Blue grouse and ruffed grouse
RGS anticipates that users will be able to print copies of specific areas to investigate this fall for the presence of these two great gamebirds.

This is the first attempt at providing this type of information on such a large area. We would like your comments on this effort. Comments may be directed to the two contacts on the page or via the new RGS Forums > Public Forums > Grouse Maps subforum.