RyanLisson Author

Ryan Lisson is a biologist and regular content contributor to several outdoor manufacturers, hunting shows, publications, and blogs. He is an avid small game, turkey, and whitetail hunter from northern Minnesota and loves managing habitat almost as much as hunting. Ryan is also passionate about helping other adults experience the outdoors for their first time, which spurred him to launch Zero to Hunt, a website devoted to mentoring new hunters.

Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus) – An Upland Species Profile

The Complicated Story of the Once-Plentiful Bobwhite Quail As one of several species of North American quail, the bobwhite quail has been studied extensively throughout the...

Mearns Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) – Species Profile

How and Where to Hunt The Rarely Seen Mearns Quail The Mearns quail, also called the Montezuma quail or fool quail, is a beautiful southern species of quail that mostly occurs in...

How to Recover More Birds Without a Dog

Do you use these strategies to recover more birds without a dog? If you’ve been hunting long enough, you probably know the feeling. After taking a shot at an upland bird—be it...

How to Identify American Woodcock Habitat

Where to Find American Woodcock Habitat Throughout the Country The American woodcock shares a lot of its range and prime habitat with the ruffed grouse. Where they occur, they are...

Ring-Necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) – Species Profile

History of the Exotic Ring-Necked Pheasant of the Prairie The pheasant has a very interesting history in this country. Usually, exotic species cause ecological chaos and are...

How to Identify Ruffed Grouse Habitat

Where to Find Ruffed Grouse Habitat Throughout the Country If you’re going to be a successful Ruffed Grouse hunter, you need to learn where the birds are hiding. Distance walked...

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) – Species Profile

Hunting the Comical Bird of Many Names the American Woodcock The American Woodcock is known by many nicknames, including timberdoodle, bogsucker, mud snipe, or timber rocket, just...

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) – Species Profile

The Ruffed Grouse is the Bird that Makes the North Woods Alive This upland game bird, also called a partridge, has easily captured the hearts and interests of hunters across the...

Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) – Species Profile

Hunting the Ghostly-Sounding and Comical Greater Prairie Chicken If you’ve never seen a greater prairie chicken, you’re missing out on an extremely beautiful and...

Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) – Species Profile

Take a look at the Spruce Grouse with Project Upland. If you don’t live in the northern fringe of the country, Alaska, or Canada, it’s fairly safe to say you’re not too...