Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey

Help Biologist Study and Conserve Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed GrouseNew Hampshire Fish and Game conducts an annual grouse wing and tail survey throughout the state. These samples provide us with age and sex composition, distribution data and a juvenile to adult female ratio. Of the 226 useable samples collected in 2020, there were 122 adult grouse (57 females, 65 males), and 104 juvenile birds. The juvenile to adult female ratio was 1.82, these results were lower than the reported 3.2 last year. In 2020, the grouse flush rate per hour hunted was 2.27. This is an increase from the reported 1.31 in 2019.

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 grousesamples, 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.

Please let other ruffed grouse enthusiasts know about the Ruffed Grouse Wing and Tail Survey and help us increase participation this year, and say thanks to the following business owners for their effort, as well.


Packets will be available as of September 25, 2021 at the following locations:

  • N.H. Fish and Game Department, Headquarters, Concord, NH (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.)
    • Packets may be picked up and delivered to the Wildlife Division office on the 2nd floor. (603) 271-2461
  • N.H. Fish and Game Department, Region 1 Office, Lancaster, NH (Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) (603) 788-3164
  • Old Corner Store, 764 Presidential Hwy, Jefferson, NH - (603) 586-7722
  • Young’s General Store, 2792 North Main Street, Pittsburg, NH - (603) 538-6616
  • L.L. Cote, 7 Main Street, Errol, NH - (603) 482-6659
  • Lopstick Lodge, 1st Connecticut Lake, Pittsburg, NH - (603) 538-7777
  • Tall Timber Lodge, 609 Beach Road, Pittsburg, NH - (603) 538-6651
  • Treats and Treasures, 3316 N. Main Street, Pittsburg, NH - (603) 538-7472
  • Gord’s Corner Store, 1156 W Milan Road, Milan, NH - (603) 449-2236
  • AJ’s Milan Luncheonette, 717 Milan Road, Milan, NH - (603) 449-6726