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MDC to seek elusive answers about ruffed grouse

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A public-private partnership will determine the practicality of once again restocking grouse. More

News & Events

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"News & Events" for the December 2011 Missouri Conservationist. More

Ruffed Grouse

Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log
Bonasa umbellus
Restoration efforts are raising the numbers of this chickenlike bird in our state. Look for brown, rufous, and gray streaks, bars, and bands. A dark ruff on the neck appears on both sexes but is used by the male in courtship displays. More

Ruffed Grouse

Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a log
The ruffed grouse is a chickenlike bird with brown, rufous, and gray color morphs. Adults are streaked above and barred below. The tail has a dark bar near the tip, but females lack the dark band on central tail feathers. Both sexes have a dark ruff on the neck. There is also a crest atop the head, though it sometimes lies flat. More

Ruffed Grouse

Photo of ruffed grouse standing on a rock ledge
Habitat loss is a primary reason grouse numbers have declined. They require different specific habitats during different parts of their seasonal cycle. MDC is working to assist landowners to provide the habitat grouse need for food, cover, breeding, drumming, nesting, and overwintering. More

Ruffed Grouse Booming

Photo of male ruffed grouse performing booming display
Both sexes of ruffed grouse have a dark ruff on the neck; the male uses the ruff in spring to display to females. In April, males perform distinctive courtship displays at dawn and dusk, usually standing on a fallen log and making rapid forward wingbeats, creating a low, pumping noise, with accelerating speed. More

Ruffed Grouse On Nest

Photo of female ruffed grouse on nest
Female ruffed grouse are ground-nesters, usually laying about 6–8 eggs. Habitat improvements implemented to boost grouse populations are good for numerous other species of plants and animals as well. More

Upland Game Bird Hunting

Whether your quarry is dove, pheasant, quail or other upland game bird, you'll find info on permits, techniques and prime hunting spots here. More