Ruffed grouse are Vermont’s premier small game….  spruce grouse are a state endangered species.  Killing or wounding a spruce grouse is a violation of Vermont Endangered Species Act and subject to a $2,000 fine.

Should I be concerned?

Ruffed grouse are found throughout Vermont.

Spruce grouse are only found in isolated pockets in Essex County.  These pockets include the Conte National Wildlife RefugeWenlock Wildlife Management Area Victory Basin WMA and Victory State Forest.

Bottom line: If you’re  hunting in areas where spruce grouse live, be sure you know which is which.

Upland Game Bird Poster