Ruffed Grouse Society Joins Others in Celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day
Coraopolis, Pa — The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS), is proud to join the nation’s dedicated and conservation-minded hunters and fishermen as they prepare to celebrate the 38th anniversary of “National Hunting and Fishing Day” on Saturday, September 25.“What began as an idea in a small Pennsylvania gun shop a few hours south of our headquarters here in Coraopolis, has become one of the most significant events on the American calendar. The Ruffed Grouse Society’s Board, staff and volunteers are proud to support National Hunting and Fishing Day and are pleased with recent studies that show that the vast majority of Americans support our sport-hunting tradition. RGS and its dedicated volunteers have a host of events planned for this fall aimed at exposing women and youth to that tradition,” said RGS President and CEO Mike Zagata.
“Working with its many volunteers and members across the country, the Ruffed Grouse Society continues to provide hunting opportunities for grouse, woodcock and other game species, as well as providing opportunities for those who simply enjoy watching and photographing the hundreds of non-game species that also benefit from the habitat grouse and woodcock need to survive,” Zagata continued. Photo by Doug Stamm
Zagata referred to the12,500 forested acres RGS is managing in PA for CONSOL Energy, the 2,300 acres its managing in Somerset County, PA and the over 500,000 acres it has impacted on public lands as examples where RGS’ work has benefitted all species, both hunted and non-hunted, that require young forests for survival. In order to add to that acreage, RGS presently has five timber harvesting machines in operation around the country.
He then pointed to the new partnership agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in which RGS will contribute 30-percent towards the salary of the newly established ruffed grouse coordinator position. RGS is seeking to establish similar positions in other states.
Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is the one international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife to sustain our sport hunting tradition and outdoor heritage.
Recognized by Charity Navigator as a four-star not-for-profit organization, information on the RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.
Ron Burkert, 412-262-4044 .