The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking assistance from hunters.

The DEC is seeking assistance from hunters for a study of the ruffed grouse. Productivity is an important idication of the well-being of the grouse population.

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To assess the age and sex composition of the grouse population the DEC is seeking rump, wing and tail feathers from all grouse you harvest in New York during the 2018-19 season.

The ruffed grouse is the state bird of Pennsylvania, and is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a partridge

As part of a state effort to study west nile virus in grouse population, they are also collecting blood samples from hunter-killed birds.

If you would like to participate visit the DEC website, email them at “Grouse Parts Collection” in the subject line), or call (518) 402-8929.