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.

Native Prairies – A Cure for Bobwhite Quail?

A recent study in Missouri suggests quail management may have to change. *This article originally appeared in the Fall 2019 Issue of Project Upland Magazine. The tall grasses and...

How to Identify Pheasant Habitat

Looking for Pheasant Hunting Habitat Throughout Its Range. Although the ring-necked pheasant isn’t a native game bird in America, it sure has found a soft spot in many an upland...

Rio Grande Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia)

The Rio Grande Wild Turkey is more than just a Texas bird.  The Rio Grande subspecies of wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) is best known for the arid regions...

Mountain Quail – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The Remote Mountain Bird That Makes You Work for It. The Mountain quail (Oreortyx pictus) is true to its name. While the California quail is often called the “valley quail,”...

Eurasian Collared-Dove – A Migratory Game Bird Profile

Extra Dove Hunting Opportunities for this Non-Native Species As you might guess from the name, the Eurasian collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto) is not a native bird. In fact,...

Snowshoe Hare – A Small Game Species Profile

Admiring (and Chasing) the Aptly Named Snowshoe Hare With its gigantic, fuzzy feet and snow-white coat, it didn’t take much creativity to name the snowshoe hare (Lepus...

Gould’s Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo mexicana) – A Wild Turkey Profile

The Story of America’s Largest and Rarest Turkey Subspecies The Gould’s turkey (Meleagris gallopavo mexicana) is one of the few wild turkey subspecies that survive in the arid...

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...