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.

Modernizing Sharp-Tailed Grouse Lek Survey Methods

Spying on sharp-tailed grouse with trail cameras in Wisconsin. About a year ago, I attended an excellent workshop about sharp-tailed grouse. Yeah, I know you’re jealous. Anyway,...

What Happened to the Passenger Pigeon?

Learning about bird species extinction from the passenger pigeon. Unless you’re pretty conservation-minded, you may not have even heard of the passenger pigeon before. But as a...

Life History of the Merriam’s Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo merriami)

Pursuing the beautiful mountain bird — the Merriam’s Wild Turkey. Just as the Eastern wild turkey is known for eastern forests and the Midwest, the Merriam’s...

Can We Stop the Decline of the Ruffed Grouse?

The Future of Ruffed Grouse and the Health of North American Forests are at a critical point. An issue has been popping up in news feeds more frequently. It continues to happen in...

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit – History, Hunting, and Biology

Learn About Eastern Cottontail Rabbits and How to Hunt Them Whether you live in a rural area or suburban neighborhood east of the Rockies, you’ve likely had backyard visits from...

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...