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Ruffed grouse are known as the king of gamebirds by many wingshooters. These were found around the apple trees of long-abandoned Maine farmsteads.Imagine trying to hit quail that flush with the speed of prairie chickens and fly with the maneuverability of  green-winged teal.

While you’re at it, imagine hunting such birds in briars and saplings so thick you sometimes can’t see a bird flying 20 yards away.

And imagine you’re enjoying one of America’s most classic wing-shooting adventures.

So it goes with ruffed grouse.