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.

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....

The Splitting of the Blue Grouse

How to tell who’s who with the mysterious Blue Grouse. The blue grouse is a bird shrouded in mystery. The dusky grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) and the sooty grouse (Dendragapus...

Sooty Grouse – An Upland Game Bird Profile

Hunting the ever-challenging coastal Blue Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus). The sooty grouse is a mysterious forest grouse species that looks very similar to the dusky grouse. As...

Dusky Grouse – An Upland Game Bird Profile

Chasing one of the two elusive mountain grouse (Dendragapus obscurus). The dusky grouse is a very striking bird with beautiful plumage, although it looks very similar to another...