My husband and I were talking about this yesterday. He said that the Ruffed Grouse Society paired with the Army Corp of Engineers here to prep government ground and provide cover for the birds. I have private ground behind my house which is full of Ruffed Grouse. I do road work on my dogs back there, running a trail to hunting camp. When my dogs aren't trying to outrace each other - they'll dive into the woods and I'll see one fly overhead. I never even knew what they were until I asked my husband what kind of large brown bird lives in the woods with a big tail and a black stripe across it. Yes, he gave me the
look, then answered my question. What can I say, I never saw one until I started walking the woods with a dog.
ETA: We don't hunt them, it's just coincidence.