ruffed grouse

noun

Definition of ruffed grouse

: a grouse (Bonasa umbellus) of U.S. and Canadian forests of which the male erects a ruff of black feathers and fans out a broad black-banded tail during breeding displays

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Recent Examples on the Web Specialized techniques like a snapshot for ruffed grouse in thick cover is ineffective on a covey rise. Tom Keer, Field & Stream, "16 Expert Upland Bird Hunting Tips," 2 June 2020 Under the proposal, the Horicon refuge would be open to hunting for woodcock, moorhen, coyote, ruffed grouse, opossum, raccoon, fox, skunk, bobcat, snowshoe hare and black bear on acres already open to other hunting. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposal seeks to expand hunting and fishing on federal refuges," 26 Apr. 2020 The plan maintains two ruffed grouse management zones but shifts the boundary. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "DNR establishes Wisconsin's first ruffed grouse management plan," 20 Dec. 2019 The 2019 hunt produced an average of 1.8 ruffed grouse and 4.0 woodcock bagged by each hunter, up from 1.0 grouse and 3.1 woodcock last year. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "National hunt in Minnesota provides encouraging news about ruffed grouse population," 1 Nov. 2019 But when a ruffed grouse erupts from beneath a mantle of unblemished snow, the percussion all but drops you in your tracks. Tom Davis, Field & Stream, "Tips for Hunting Ruffed Grouse in the Winter," 4 Dec. 2019 More information about ruffed grouse management can be found on the Minnesota DNR website at mndnr.gov/hunting/grouse. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Study finds varying effects of West Nile virus on grouse in western Great Lakes," 23 Oct. 2019 Minnesota’s common loon, a sleek black-and-white bird with beady red eyes, could lose its entire summer range; Pennsylvania’s ruffed grouse, a plump creature with dappled feathers, could lose both its summer and winter ranges. National Geographic, "Rising temperatures could make some U.S. state birds ‘stateless’," 10 Oct. 2019 Debates over ruffed grouse season lengths and bag limits have become common as the species has declined over much of its range in the U.S. and as concerns mount about disease impacts on the bird, especially West Nile Virus. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ruffed grouse plan is likely to include a shorter hunting season," 29 June 2019

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1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Ruffed grouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruffed%20grouse. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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