RyanLisson Author

Ryan Lisson is a biologist and regular content contributor to several outdoor manufacturers, hunting shows, publications, and blogs. He is an avid small game, turkey, and whitetail hunter from northern Minnesota and loves managing habitat almost as much as hunting. Ryan is also passionate about helping other adults experience the outdoors for their first time, which spurred him to launch Zero to Hunt, a website devoted to mentoring new hunters.

Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) – A Small Game Species Profile

Tree Rats, Bushy Tails, and Squirrels – Great No Matter What You Call Them We know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. A squirrel is most definitely not an upland bird....

White-winged Dove – An Upland Game Bird Profile

How to Hunt This Flashy and Early-Migrating Dove Species The white-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica) is larger than the more recognized mourning dove, but otherwise shares many...

How Climate Change is Affecting Sharp-tailed Grouse

A Look into the Factual Science of Sharp-tailed Grouse and their Future I grew up in Minnesota, from strong Scandinavian heritage, in a Lutheran church setting. I’m about as...

Scaled Quail – An Upland Game Bird Profile

Chasing the Desert Quail of the Arid Southwest The scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) is a bird of our southwest grasslands, and its appearance really lives up to its name....

White-Tailed Ptarmigan – An Upland Game Bird Profile

Learning About the Smallest Member of the Grouse Family Ptarmigan are some of the smallest species in the grouse family, yet their charm and mystique loom larger than life. They...

American Crow – A Game Bird Species Profile

Would You Hunt (and Eat) Crows? Ready for an unusual one? The American crow (Corvus brachyrhyncos) is not a species that usually comes to mind when you think about bird hunting....

California Quail – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The Easily Recognized Bird of the Valley The California quail (Callipepla californica) primarily occupies the West Coast, from British Columbia down to Mexico. It is the most...

Himalayan Snowcock – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The Mysterious Mountain Bird from the Himalayas There aren’t many birds that can stand up to the rough conditions that high alpine meadows and mountain slopes offer, but the...

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) – A Game Bird Profile

Hunting the Feathered Missile with a Sad Call Mourning doves are one of several dove species in North America, but are by far the most recognized dove species. Most people...

Greater Sage-Grouse – Upland Game Bird Profile

America’s Iconic and Largest Grouse Species (Centrocercus urophasianus) If you are from the western half of the country, you are no doubt familiar with the greater sage-grouse....