Ryan Lisson

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.

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A mountain quail in a mountain meadow.
Mountain Quail: An Upland Game Bird Profile

The remote mountain bird that makes you work for it The Mountain quail (Oreortyx pictus)…

A Eurasian Collared-Dove sits on a branch
Eurasian Collared-Dove – A Migratory Game Bird Profile

Extra dove hunting opportunities for this non-native species the Eurasian Collared Dove As you might…

A Snowshoe hair standing the snow.
Snowshoe Hare – A Small Game Species Profile

Learn about the snowshoe hare, its habitat and how to hunt the aptly-named small game…

A gould's wild turkey walking in an opening in New Mexico. .
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)…

An Eastern gray squirrel runs along a tree limb.
Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) – A Small Game Species Profile

Tree rats, bushy tails, and squirrels – great no matter what you call them We…

A white winged dove standing on a branch
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) – A Migratory Game Bird Profile

How to hunt this flashy and early-migrating species known as the white-winged dove The white-winged…

A group of sharp-tailed grouse feed in a tree during cold weather.
How Climate Change is Affecting Sharp-tailed Grouse

A look into the factual science of sharp-tailed grouse and their future I grew up…

A scaled quail walking in their native habitat.
Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata) – Life History of the Blue Quail

Chasing the desert quail of the arid southwest The scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) is a…

A White-tailed Ptarmigan sits on a rock and blends in with its surroundings.
White-Tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura) – Biology and Life History

Learning about the smallest member of the grouse family the ptarmigan Ptarmigan are some of…

An American crow sitting on a branch.
American Crow – A Game Bird Species Profile

Would you hunt (and eat) crows? Ready for an unusual one? The American crow (Corvus…

A California quail or valley quail sitting on a branch
California Quail (Callipepla californica) – The Valley Quail Life History

The life history and hunting opportunities of the California Quail also known as the Valley…

A Himalayan snowcock walks a rocky landscape in the Ruby Mountains..
Himalayan Snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis) – A Non-Native Game Bird

The Mysterious Mountain Bird from the Himalayas replanted in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada known…

Two mourning doves it on a branch
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) – A Game Bird Profile

Hunting the feathered missile with a sad call known as the mourning dove Mourning doves…

Two sage grouse doing their mating dance.
Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus Urophasianus) – A Game Bird Profile

America’s iconic and largest grouse species hailing from the West If you are from the…

A blue grouse in the woods.
Splitting the Blue Grouse into the Sooty and Dusky Grouse

Learn why the blue grouse was split into two subspecies as well as identifying birds…

A male sooty grouse displaying feathers.
Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) – The Rare Blue Grouse Subspecies

Hunting the ever-challenging coastal Blue Grouse known as the sooty grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) The sooty…

A male dusky grouse displaying
Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) – A Blue Grouse Life History

Chasing one of the two elusive blue grouse in the mountains on North America The…

a Hungarian partridge walking through cover in the winter.
Hungarian Partridge (Perdix perdix) – The Non-Native Gray Partridge

An overview of the exotic Hungarian Partridge As you would expect from its name, the…

A chukar in rocky terrain of the chukar hills.
Chukar Partridge – (Alectoris chukar) The Red-Legged Devil

Chukar partridge is the non-native rugged game bird that pushes upland hunters to new limits…

A Sharp-tailed grouse doing a mating dance in a field
Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) – A Prairie Grouse Overview

What do you know about the northern prairie grouse known as the sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus…

A male Gambel's Quail walks on a desert landscape
Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii) – Desert Quail Life History and Biology

The Gambel’s quail (Callipepla gambelii) is found in the American southwest and into Mexico as…