The ruffed grouse embodies all of the qualities sportsmen prize in gamebirds. Wild, wary, cunningly elusive, quick to flush and a blur on the wing, the ruff poses the ultimate challenge to both gunner and dog.
The ruffed grouse is an uncommonly beautiful bird, too, its plumage a study in understated elegance. For these reasons and more, bagging a grouse always feels triumphant. Here’s a quiz that’ll test your knowledge of Bonasa umbellus, also known as the drummer in the woods.
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