View Full Version : MDC commitment to upland gamebirds
01-27-2011, 11:21 AM
I had posted a note in reference to the Ruffed Grouse project sponsored by the Missouri Ruffed Grouse chapter, and difficulties with the parent RGS. As I read the letter again, my focus became more upon the fact that the MDC with it's $200,000,000.00 budget annually, dwarfing all states around us, is so lacking in commitment to restoration of ruffed grouse, a native Missouri bird, that they will only make a restocking attempt, if the private, not for profit Missouri grouse society guys, pony up $25,000.00 to pay for it! It gives you pause to imagine how strong MDC's commitment to quail and pheasant recovery is? Meanwhile, has anyone seen a ruffed grouse in Missouri? Anyone actually harvest one, years past, before the season was cancelled this year? let us know about it!
only a pointer
01-27-2011, 04:24 PM
i posted this on gundog forum once i dont think i saw a grouse but i was working in nevada mo and looked up and a flock of prarie chickens come sailing in im guessing thats what they were i didnt know mo had them man those are few and far between even but i realize old and new you were asking about grouse i dont think ive ever seen a grouse where is a high pecentage spot ? where do people see them the most at?missouri used to be all i ever hunted.
01-27-2011, 06:02 PM
MDC is worthless in my opinion and the state has so much damn fescue i am surprised there are any birds left.
01-27-2011, 06:13 PM
Ruffed Grouse are limited to areas of Warren, Calloway, Boone, in east central Mo., Adair, Putnam, and surrounding counties in the NE corner, and Shannon, Iron, and a few surrounding counties in the Ozarks. My cousins lived in Liberal,Mo. until the late eighties, the area around there was prairie chicken central, it was nothing to see hundreds a day. Quail hunting was spectacular as well, I could have shot dozens of prairie chickens over a point. alas not legal. Liberal is about 30 miles southwest of Nevada, due westand a little north of Lamar about 20miles. Unbelievable at dawn to see hundreds of chickens flying in circles higher and higher over the hiway back and forth stretching their wings.
01-28-2011, 01:13 PM
Nope never seen a Ruffed Grouse here in MO. I know a Forestry Biologist and he says he says a few every year!
I killed 2 one year back in about 1989 or 1990 on public land, at the time managed for grouse.
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