Harvest Management for Greater Sage-Grouse: A Changing Paradigm for Game Bird Management

Kerry Paul Reese and John W. Connelly

in Greater Sage-Grouse

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267114
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948686 | DOI:
Harvest Management for Greater Sage-Grouse: A Changing Paradigm for Game Bird Management

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Harvest of Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) has occurred throughout recorded history, but relatively few studies address the impact of harvest on sage-grouse numbers. Greater Sage-Grouse is harvested in ten of eleven western states in which they reside. Hunting seasons and bag and possession limits have often become more conservative over the species' range during the past decade, as states responded to changing population numbers and perceived threats to the birds and then acted to reduce harvest opportunities. Recent research suggests that because Greater Sage-Grouse normally experience low mortality over winter, mortality from hunter harvest in September and October may not be compensatory. Continued concern over general population declines in Greater Sage-Grouse populations from known (disease, habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation) and unknown origins requires new research and continued routine collection of biological data for each population to optimize future harvest strategies. This chapter explores harvest management of Greater Sage-Grouse and compares the current approach to harvest management of Greater Sage-Grouse to that of other species of upland game birds.

Keywords: Centrocercus urophasianus; Greater Sage-Grouse; harvest; hunting; mortality; harvest management; population declines; habitat loss; disease; game birds

Chapter.  7125 words. 

Subjects: Vertebrates

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