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.

Sage Grouse and the Invasion of the Conifers

Combating the Spread of Conifer Trees to Save Sage Grouse Most people assume that more trees on the landscape would be a good thing. After all, trees are good habitat for many...

Osceola Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo osceola) – A Wild Turkey Profile

What do you know about the swamp turkey from Florida? The Osceola wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo osceola), also known as the Florida turkey, is a subspecies of wild turkey that...

What Defines the Grouse Species?

Similarities and Differences within the Grouse Family of North America, also known as Galliformes. The word “grouse” can mean very different things depending on where you live...

The Science Behind Lead Shot and the Effects on Upland Birds

Looking at both sides of the lead shot debate and its effects on the environment. If the topic of climate change affects people’s blood pressure, you can bet that the discussion...

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...