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Upland Bird Hunting News - Submitted by:  The Backcountry Press (TBC Press)
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.

10 Pheasant Hunting Tips

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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For the best upland bird hunting information please visit:

Pheasants Forever  or  Quail Forever chapters in your area.

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West Nile Virus Detected in Wisconsin Ruffed Grouse
Posted on: 01/16/19

West Nile virus was detected in three of 16 ruffed grouse that were found sick or dead and submitted by the public to the Wisconsin DNR for testing from October through December 2018. At this time, there is no evidence to confirm that West Nile virus or any other factor is having population-level impacts on ruffed grouse in Wisconsin. However...

Rhode Island Pheasant, Bobwhite Quail Hunting Open through Feb 28, 2019
Posted on: 01/10/19

The season for Rhode Island pheasant, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, bobwhite quail, red and gray fox opened in October and runs throught Thursday, February 28, 2019. A Gamebird Permit is Required to hunt ring-neck pheasant and bobwhite quail. The daily limit for pheasant is two (2) either sex birds and the daily bag limit for quail is...

Illinois Controlled Pheasant Season Extended through Jan 31 at Four Sites
Posted on: 01/03/19

IDNR is extending the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Seasons at four IDNR sites. Hunters can make reservations now for additional hunting opportunities. The season has been extended through Jan 31. The four sites with additional controlled pheasant hunting are the Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton Co., the Iroquois County Conservation Area an ....

New Jersey Does Special Chukar Stocking To Close Out Pheasant Season
Posted on: 12/31/18

The overabundance of rain in New Jersey this year has led to a shortfall in the number of available pheasants at the Rockport Pheasant Farm - but bird hunters need not panic. The Division is purchasing 3,000 chukars for the last day of the 2018 stocking season and...

Hawaii Game Bird Hunting Opens on the Big Island at Kahua & Ponoholo Ranch Dec 22
Posted on: 12/20/18

The Hawaii (DOFAW) announces the opening of the 2018 – 2019 Game Bird Hunting Season at the Kahua/Ponoholo Ranch Cooperative Game Management Area on the Big Island on Saturday, December 22, 2018. The game bird hunting season will run through Sunday, January 27, 2019, with legal hunting days on...

Upland Bird Opener Poor to Fair Across all of Southern California
Posted on: 12/19/18

Quail and chukar season opener this past Saturday was poor to fair across all of Southern California. The upland bird hunting opener was dismal thanks to almost no production of young birds this spring in all areas. Reports from all over the region – from the Red Mountains in the north to the Mojave Preserve to the east to...

The 2018 Farm Bill is a Win for Outdoorsmen
Posted on: 12/17/18

Hunters and anglers who care about access to the outdoors and healthy fish and wildlife habitat should be pleased with the Farm Bill that finally cleared Congress recently. “This is a very good bill, especially when you consider...

North Dakota Tentative 2019 Season Opening Dates
Posted on: 12/17/18

To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2019, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year. Dates become official when approved by governor’s proclamation. Tentative opening dates for 2019 include...

Nevada Upland bird Hunting in Full Swing Through Feb 3, 2019
Posted on: 12/14/18

Nevada resident and non resident may persue Blue Grouse (Dusky and Sooty), Ruffed Grouse Sept 1- through Dec 31. California and Gambel’s Quail Oct 13 and runs through Feb 3, 2019. Nevada Blue Grouse (Dusky and Sooty) and Ruffed Grouse opened Sept 1- through Dec 31 in Carson City, Douglas, Elko and...

Wisconsin to Release Additional Pheasants for the 2018 Holiday Season
Posted on: 12/13/18

The Wisconsin DNR staff will help bird hunters beat cabin fever this December - 2,160 pheasants will be stocked on eight different properties in southern Wisconsin during the week leading up to the winter holidays. The pheasant season runs through January 6, 2019. Properties to be stocked before the holiday season include...

New Program Aims to Boost Michigan Grasslands in State Game Areas
Posted on: 12/12/18

Last week, representatives of the Michigan DNR, Pheasants Forever and several other groups gathered at Maple River State Game Area (which stretches through Clinton, Gratiot and Ionia counties) to launch the Adopt-A-Game-Area program and dedicate a kiosk recognizing sponsors of the game area. This new program encourages individuals and organizations to...

Hunt Arizona Mearns' Quail Now through Feb 10, 2019
Posted on: 12/10/18

The wait is over for hunters eager to get out and stomp around the often steep and rocky terrain of southeastern Arizona in search of Mearns’ quail. The season began Friday, Dec. 7, and runs through Feb. 10, 2019. The season for Gambel’s, scaled and California quail has been underway since Oct. 19 and also closes Feb. 10, 2019. The general bag limit is...