JOHN DAY: Grouse hunters–turn in wings/tails for research

JOHN DAY: Grouse hunters–turn in wings/tails for research

Archery season is in full swing in our neck of the woods, and hunters can be seen (or not) all throughout our vast landscapes. In addition, grouse season is underway as well and ODFW District Biologist Ryan Torland has a message for hunters:

“For ruffed grouse and blue grouse—we do like the wings off of those, and we get a lot of information off of those—age, time of hatch, really tells us how successful the hatch was, how many adults in the population, we can even sex the birds off of those.

Especially on ruffed grouse, we need the tail as well. You can’t determine the gender just from the wing on ruffed grouse, but you can on blues.”

Torland said you can find the wing barrels at several locations throughout the county. He said for whatever reason, this year local grouse numbers are down slightly; however, populations of other wild game birds like chukars, quail and turkeys seem to be doing very well.