Heather and Sarah discuss how ruffed grouse have adapted to extreme climates and challenges that winter hunting can bring
Everything in the woods is trying to kill a ruffed grouse, including us. We discuss whether or not to pursue them when conditions become challenging, adaptations that they have developed to survive the extreme climates found within their range, and a neat way to dig your way out when you drive down a road to that coveted winter cover that you shouldn’t have!
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Courtney is the Founder of Her Upland and is the Education and Outreach Director at Northwoods Collective. She is passionate about sharing knowledge and experiences for DIY upland hunting and all things bird dogs. When she’s not chasing feathers, you’ll find her training and testing dogs for NAVHDA and AKC Hunt Tests and Horseback Field Trials. Courtney hails from Wisconsin and currently resides in Montana with her husband, two toddlers, Bracchi Italiani, and German Wirehaired Pointers.
Sarah Topp resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where she recently began working with Trout Unlimited as the Upper Peninsula Stream Restoration Manager. In her role, she will work on various coldwater conservation projects enhancing trout streams across the UP region. Her background involves engaging volunteers in wildlife habitat improvement programs on public lands and developing leaders in conservation through a statewide AmeriCorps program. Sarah also volunteers her time as vice-chair of the Michigan Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, as well as a regional Leader with Artemis Sportswomen. These avenues allow her to share her passions of hunting upland birds, waterfowl, and angling with other women. She is an avid hunter, angler, and forager who can often be found pursuing grouse, woodcock, pheasant, and waterfowl with her 4-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, Timber, fly-fishing for brook trout, or trolling for walleye in the UP's many streams and rivers.