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The latest hunting news and information for upland birds in your neck of the woods and beyond. Includes: grouse, pheasant, quail, partridge, ptarmigan  and dove.

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Here are 10 tips from some of the best pheasant hunters around –hunting guides, state wildlife area managers and hunting club owners –on how to find more birds on public and private lands throughout the West...

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Montana Youth Only Pheasant, Waterfowl Hunt Sept 22-23
Posted on: 09/19/18

Montana's young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23. Licensed hunters ages 15 and under may hunt ducks, geese, coots, mergansers and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two special days set aside for youngsters, but they must be...

Wisconsin 2018 Fall Hunting Forecasts
Posted on: 09/19/18

Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are well underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. Forecasts for the following species can be found at the links below - each forecast is located on the corresponding species page...

Tickets Available for Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Banquet
Posted on: 09/13/18

Gov. Mark Dayton invites all Minnesotans to join him on Friday, Oct. 12 for the 8th Annual Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet in Luverne. Social hour begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the community banquet at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to the banquet are $40 each and can be purchased at...

Wisconsin 2018 Ruffed Grouse Hunting Season Opens Sept-15 - Board Considering Shorter Season
Posted on: 09/12/18

The Wisconsin ruffed grouse season opens in Zone A, Sept. 15 and ends Jan. 31, 2019. In Zone B, the season will open Oct. 20 and close Dec. 8. However, to address concerns over a noted decrease activity in drumming activity, a decrease in fall harvest last year and concerns regarding disease risk, the Natural Resources Board is considering...

Minnesota 2018 Ruffed Grouse Hunting Season Opens Sept 15
Posted on: 09/11/18

Minnesota 2018 ruffed grouse hunting season opens Sept 15 - Jan 1, 2019. The ruffed grouse is considered the “king of game birds” because it’s a challenge to pursue, a thrill to witness on the wing and the ultimate wild game entrée when served. To hunt, all you really need is ....

New Mexico to have Roadblocks During Hunting Season
Posted on: 09/11/18

Hunting seasons are underway and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations. Conservation officers may be assisted by other agencies such as...

Indiana Accepting Reservations for 2018 Put-and-Take Pheasant Hunts
Posted on: 09/10/18

Reservations for 2018 put-and-take pheasant hunts on Indiana DNR properties will be accepted until midnight on Nov. 24. Put-and-take hunting reservations are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. All hunting days will start on a Saturday in mid- to late November. Properties offering put-and-take hunts are...

Utah 2018 Youth Chukar & Partridge Hunts Sept 22–24
Posted on: 09/10/18

Three days of upland game hunting fun starts Sept. 22. That's the first day of Utah's three-day youth chukar and gray partridge hunt. Those who were 17 years of age or younger on July 31, 2018 can participate in the hunt. If you qualify. Shooting on Sept. 22 starts at 6:15 a.m. To participate in the hunt...

Minnesota 2018 Pheasant Hunting Season Opens Oct 13 - Index Shows Increase in Birds
Posted on: 09/07/18

Minnesota 2018 pheasant hunting season opens Oct 13 and runs through Jan 1 2019. During the 2018 pheasant season, the daily bag limit is two roosters through November, and it increases to three roosters on Saturday, Dec 1. The possession limit is six roosters, increasing to...

New Mexico 2018 Upland Dove & Grouse Hunting Seasons Underway
Posted on: 09/07/18

New Mexico 2018 white-winged dove, mourning dove, dusky (blue) grouse and squirrel seasons are open statewide. The weather tends to be warmer and good opportunities exist with minimal hiking. The seasons in both zones start on Sept 1 and run through Nov. 29 in the North Zone and through Oct. 28 in the South Zone. Here are a few tips for hunting these species...

Montana 2018 Upland Game Bird Hunting Forecast as Season Gets Underway
Posted on: 09/06/18

Montana 2018 upland bird hunting season opened Sept 1 with mountain, sage and sharptail grouse along with partridge. Pheasant hunting starts Oct. 6. All seasons end Jan 1, except sage grouse, which ends Sept 30. The 2018 hunting outlook for these birds is as follows...

California 2018-19 General Upland Game Bird Hunting Season Starts Soon
Posted on: 09/05/18

The California 2018-19 general upland game bird hunting season will open in mid-September for several species in specific zones around the state. Nonlead ammunition is now required when hunting on California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Areas and Ecological Reserves. As of July 1, 2016, the nonlead shot requirement is extended to include... READ MORE

Non-toxic Shot Requirements in Effect at Additional Illinois Hunting Sites - 2018 Dove Hunting Underway
Posted on: 09/05/18

As they head to the field this fall, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) reminds hunters of new requirements for use of non-toxic shot at a number of IDNR sites for dove, controlled pheasant, and upland game hunting, effective for the 2018-19 season...

Oregon 2018 Forest Grouse and Mountain Quail Season Underway- Hunters Asked to Turn in Wings & Tails for Research
Posted on: 09/05/18

The season for both forest grouse and mountain quail in western Oregon opened September 1 and runs through January 31, 2019. Forest grouse hunters should have a banner year in southwest Oregon and state wildlife biologists ask successful hunters to donate a wing and tail for research. Bag limits are...

North Dakota 2018 Grouse and Partridge Season Opens Sept 8
Posted on: 09/04/18

North Dakota’s popular hunting seasons for grouse and partridge will open Saturday, Sept 8. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Sharptails, ruffed grouse and Huns each have a daily limit of three and a possession limit of 12. Hunters, regardless of age, must have...

Tennessee 2018 Upland Dove Hunting Season Gets Underway
Posted on: 09/04/18

Tennessee’s 2018 dove season is again divided into three segments: Sept 1 through Sept. 28; Oct. 13 through Nov. 4; and Dec. 8 through Jan. 15, 2019. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit for doves is...

Delaware 2018 Dove Hunting Season Opens Sept 1st
Posted on: 08/30/18

Delaware hunters will start their 2018/19 hunting season Saturday, Sept. 1, with the opening of mourning dove. Hunting hours are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. Reminder: Non-toxic shot must be used for dove hunting on state wildlife areas during...

Iowa 2018 Pheasant, Partridge & Quail Hunting Season Opens in October
Posted on: 08/30/18

Iowa 2018 upland pheasant, partridge & quail hunting season opens in October. Partridge season is Oct. 13 to Jan. 31, 2019. Pheasantand quail opens Oct. 27 with pheasant runnning through Jan 10 and Quail through Jan 31. Iowa’s pheasant hunters can expect to find more birds this fall when...

Oklahoma 2018 Dove Hunting Season Opens Sept 1st
Posted on: 08/29/18

The Oklahoma 2018 Dove Hunting Season Opens Sept 1st - October 31, 2018 and December 1 - December 29, 2018. Bag and Possession Limit: 15 daily, 30 in possession after first day combined, 45 in possession after the second day combined. The limit may consist of...

Washington 2018 Hunting Prospects for Deer, Elk, Waterfowl & Upland Birds
Posted on: 08/29/18

September marks the start of the Washington 2018 hunting seasons for deer, elk, waterfowl, and upland game birds in many areas of the state. To help hunters have a successful hunting season, The (WDFW) has released its annual Hunting Prospects, which provide guidance and hunting information for each district. WDFW asks that hunters pay special attention to ...

Connecticut to Stock 20,000 Adult Pheasants for the 2018 Hunting Season
Posted on: 08/28/18

This year, the Connecticut DEEP will purchase a total of 20,000 adult pheasants for the 2018 hunting season. DEEP will be stocking 4 extra weekends this year. The first will be for Junior Pheasant Hunter Training Day on October 13, 2018. On this weekend, approximately half of the areas statewide will be stocked. In addition...

Maryland 2018 Upland Dove Hunting Season Opens Sept 1st
Posted on: 08/28/18

The opening of the 2018-19 dove First Season: Sept. 1 – Oct. 20 marks the traditional start of hunting activity in Maryland, Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. Bag limits, season dates and shooting hours can be found in the 2018-2019 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping. Season dates are as follows...

South Dakota 2018 Pheasant Hunting Season Opens Oct 20 - Survey Shows 47% Increase in Birds
Posted on: 08/28/18

South Dakota’s traditional statewide pheasant hunting season opens on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, and runs through Jan. 6, 2019. According to the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP), this year’s pheasant brood survey shows a 47 percent increase over last year. The 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index is 2.47, up from...