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Do You Know The Difference Between Ruffed Grouse and Spruce Grouse
Game Bird Hunters!!
Can you tell the difference between the legally hunted ruffed grouse (partridge) and the spruce grouse, for which there is no open season?
Immature male spruce grouse; female is similar, but without red eye patch (inset--male spruce grouse)
Spruce grouse and ruffed grouse can and do occur in the same areas of Maine. In certain light conditions, they may look similar. Nearly half a million ruffed grouse are harvested here annually. Although the Fish and Wildlife Department does not have a population estimate for spruce grouse, we do know that they are far less numerous than ruffed grouse -- even considered rare -- in much of Maine.
Currently there is No Open Season on spruce grouse in Maine. As in any hunting situation, it is imperative that the hunter be certain of his/her target before discharging a firearm.
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