Look for collection barrels where you hunt. Data gathered from wings and tails helps ODFW biologists look at population productivity and set seasons.
Each year ODFW collects the wings and tails from blue grouse, ruffed grouse and mountain quail taken by hunters in Oregon.
To submit wings and tails from your grouse and quail, look for collection barrels (often bright blue with yellow signs) at major road junctions or highways in popular hunting areas. You’ll also find barrels at some ODFW offices and popular rural markets.
To find specific barrel locations see the map below, or call the ODFW office closest to your hunt.
Biologist use the wings and tails to collect information on species, age, hatch date, recruitment and sex ratios of the birds. They’ll use this information to get a clearer picture of grouse and quail populations that will help determine hunting seasons. Since wing collections started in 1980, hunters have submitted more than 30,000 grouse wings!
Wing analysis is only one of several surveys we use to monitor forest grouse and mountain quail populations in Oregon. The wing data complements other information gathered in production and harvest surveys.
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