Free workshop on hunting upland birds

ruffedgrousePrepare for fall grouse and woodcock hunting season at a free workshop on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.

The workshop covers the basic skills needed for the pursuit of the challenging birds. Participants also will learn about grouse behavior, hunting safety issues, hunting with or without dogs, gaining permission to hunt and landowner relations, clothing choices, shotgun and ammunition options, creature comforts for an enjoyable hunt and recipes for grouse.

The session will be led by grouse hunting enthusiasts/Hunter Education instructors Sean Williamson and Dan Keleher. In addition, Andrew Weik, the northeast biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society, will give a presentation on ruffed grouse and woodcock and their habitat needs.

Pre-registration is required. To sign up, call 603-536-3954.

Grouse hunting season in New Hampshire opens Oct.r 1 and runs through Dec. 31, with a daily bag limit of four birds. Woodcock season opens Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 14. To learn more about small game hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

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