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 bobwhite quail walking in habitat
Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus) – Northern Quail Life History and Biology

The complicated story of the once plentiful Northern Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus) and its decline…

A Male Mearns quail game bird
Mearns Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) – Overview of the Montezuma Quail in America

The Mearns quail, which is often called the Montezuma quail, is a rare site in…

A hunter recovers a woodcock without a bird dog.
How to Recover More Birds Without a Dog

Do you use these strategies to recover more birds without a dog? If you’ve been…

A bird hunter walks through woodcock habitat.
How to Identify American Woodcock Habitat

Where and how to find American woodcock habitat throughout the country The American woodcock shares…

A pheasant walks through cattails
Ring-Necked Pheasant – An Upland Game Bird Profile

History of the Exotic Ring-Necked Pheasant of the Prairie (Phasianus colchicus). The pheasant has a very…

A ruffed grouse hunter walks through thick ruffed grouse habitat
How to Identify Ruffed Grouse Habitat

Where to Find Ruffed Grouse Habitat Throughout the Country If you’re going to be a…

An American Woodcock looks for worms on a young forest floor.
The American Woodcock Profile – Scolopax minor

A look at the migratory game bird of known for its many names the American…

Ruffed Grouse drumming on a log
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) – Bellwether of the Forest

The ruffed grouse is the game bird that makes the north woods come alive This…

A prairie chicken stands in a field.
Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) – A Game Bird Profile

Hunting the ghostly-sounding and comical greater prairie-chicken If you’ve never seen a greater prairie-chicken, you’re…

A Spruce grouse in a forest.
Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) – An Upland Game Bird Profile

Take a look at the Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) its history, biology, and hunting availability.…

non-profit volunteers works on a habitat project for woodcock
How to Keep Busy in the Uplands During the Off Season

Here are some ideas to stay active in the uplands during the off season from…

A hunter mounts his shotgun to shoot at a woodcock in thick cover
Learning How to Shoot Through Thick Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Cover

Ignoring the trees is easier said than done but a cornerstone to good wingshooting in…

A grouse hunter pauses with an open shot opportunity.
How Pausing Causes Ruffed Grouse to Flush

How taking your time can equal more upland bird shooting opportunities. If you’re like most…