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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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Iowa 2020 Pheasant Survey Shows Game Bird Numbers Up
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/08/20

Iowa’s recently completed annual pheasant survey is great news for hunters – statewide, Iowa averaged 20.2 birds per 30-mile route, up significantly from 2019, with six of the nine survey regions averaging more than 20 pheasants per route, the most since 2007. Pheasant hunters should expect significantly better pheasant numbers in 2020. Pheasant hunting this fall could be some of the best the state has seen in a decade. 2020-21 Upland bird hunting seasons are...

Nebraska 2020-21 Upland Bird & Upland Slam Season gets Underway
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/08/20

Hunters have long known that Nebraska is an upland bird hunter’s paradise with diverse upland hunting opportunities, long seasons, great access to public lands, and high hunter satisfaction rates. This year, take advantage of Nebraska’s unique upland hunting opportunities by participating in the Upland Slam. Sharp-tailed grouse opened: Sept. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021 and Greater prairie-chicken opened: Sept. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021. The concept of the Nebraska Upland Slam is simple: harvest four birds...

South Dakota Extends 2020 Pheasant Hunting Season
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/08/20

For the first time in the history of South Dakota pheasant hunting, pheasant hunters will be able to begin hunting pheasants at 10 a.m. CT (9 a.m. MT) for the entire pheasant season, including the resident-only season, which begins this year on Saturday, October 10. Hunters will also have the opportunity to hunt ringnecks for a couple of extra weeks as the Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission extended the season to January 31, 2021. In addition...

Utah 2020 Upland Bird & Game Slams Opens for Wingshooters
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/08/20

Consider participating in the Utah Upland Game Slam, which encourages hunters to harvest a variety of upland game species, while generating money to help fund a variety of habitat and upland game-related projects. A new, eighth slam is being added this year! The Appetizer Slam includes some of Utah’s smaller game birds, including California quail, Gambel’s quail and mourning dove. To complete the slam, hunters must...

North Dakota Asks Upland Bird Hunters to Submit Wing Envelopes
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/04/20

Hunters can help in the effort to manage upland game birds in North Dakota by collecting feathers from harvested birds and sending in wing envelopes. Birds included in the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s upland game wing survey, which has been in practice for decades, are ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, turkeys and ruffed grouse. Collecting enough pheasant samples is typically never a problem, but...

Survey Shows Sage-Grouse Counts Up in Northeast Wyoming
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/04/20

Wyoming annual counts of male Greater Sage-grouse dancing at their springtime mating grounds are up in the Powder River Basin and appear to have leveled out across Wyoming after 5% declines in each of the past three years. Overall, counts dropped just 0.3% in 2020, leading Wyoming GFD officials to speculate that this could be the bottom of another trough in the birds’ oscillating population cycle. The counts are conducted in April and May each year by...

Rain May Change Outlook for Arkansas 2020 Dove Season Opener Sept 5
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/03/20

Cooler weather and rain may bring mixed emotions for wingshooters looking forward to the September season opener. Cloudbursts brought on the wings of Hurricane Laura have transformed some areas of the state overnight, affecting the prospects for dove hunting this year. Arkansas’s dove season is Sept. 5-Oct. 25 and...

SCDNR 2020 McBee WMA Lottery Quail Hunt Applications Available
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/03/20

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is now accepting online applications for the McBee WMA Quail Lottery Hunts through October 15th at 5:00 pm. A non-refundable fee of $5 is required of all applicants for the lottery. Youth hunters on the application must be at least 10 years old. After the selection process occurs, only the primary applicant will receive email notification of the drawing’s completion. Hunt dates are...

Louisiana 2020 Dove Hunting Opens Sept 5
LDWF To Offer Boyce Lease Field and WMA Fields
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/01/20

The Louisiana (LDWF) will have available a lease field near Boyce in Rapides Parish for the opening day of dove hunting season on Saturday (Sept. 5) along with several LDWF WMA dove fields. Permits will be issued at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Sept. 5) at the Boyce lease field with shooting hours beginning at noon. The Boyce lease field, located on Louisiana Highway 8, 1.25 miles north of Boyce bridge, offers 70 acres of harvested corn on which to hunt. ATVs are not allowed, but retrieving dogs are permitted. In addition...