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.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) – A Game Bird Profile

Hunting the Feathered Missile with a Sad Call Mourning doves are one of several dove species in North America, but are by far the most recognized dove species. Most people...

Greater Sage-Grouse – Upland Game Bird Profile

America’s Iconic and Largest Grouse Species (Centrocercus urophasianus) If you are from the western half of the country, you are no doubt familiar with the greater sage-grouse....

The Splitting of the Blue Grouse

How to tell who’s who with the mysterious Blue Grouse. The blue grouse is a bird shrouded in mystery. The dusky grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) and the sooty grouse (Dendragapus...

Sooty Grouse – An Upland Game Bird Profile

Hunting the ever-challenging coastal Blue Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus). The sooty grouse is a mysterious forest grouse species that looks very similar to the dusky grouse. As...

Dusky Grouse – An Upland Game Bird Profile

Chasing one of the two elusive mountain grouse (Dendragapus obscurus). The dusky grouse is a very striking bird with beautiful plumage, although it looks very similar to another...

Hungarian Partridge – An Upland Game Bird Profile

An overview of the exotic Hungarian Partridge (Perdix perdix). As you would expect from its name, the Hungarian partridge is not native to the United States. Nevertheless, this...

Chukar – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The rugged game bird that pushes upland hunters to new limits (Alectoris chukar). Like the ring-necked pheasant, the chukar is a non-native game bird species introduced from the...

Sharp-tailed Grouse – An Upland Game Bird Profile

What do you know about this northern prairie grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus)? The sharp-tailed grouse is a bird of the northern prairies and shrublands. The native sharp-tailed...

Gambel’s Quail – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The desert quail with a stylish hairdo (Callipepla gambelii). The Gambel’s quail is a desert-dwelling species that primarily occupies the American Southwest and Mexico,...

Bobwhite Quail – An Upland Game Bird Profile

The complicated story of the once plentiful Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). As one of several species of North American quail, the bobwhite quail has been studied...