What is your favorite upland bird?

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What is your favorite upland bird?

Postby Bret » Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:35 pm

What is your favorite upland bird?

I love them all. Of the ones I hunt Huns and pheasants are my favorite.

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Postby Trois_beaux_canards » Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:17 pm

Grouse, without a question in my mind. I think they are like trout; they only live in beautiful places.
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Postby ACEBLDRS » Fri Jun 24, 2005 7:35 pm

Bobwhite Quail. Nothing like a cuvy of 40 or so scarring the crap out of you when you least expect it.
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Postby shrpshtr » Fri Jun 24, 2005 7:52 pm

it's a toss up for me. i have hunted doves since i was a young boy and love them. i recently (last couple of years) got into hunting quail and it's better than i ever imagined it would be. i have always wanted to hunt phesants with regularity but i would have to go to a preserve or take several trips out of state to hunt them (like i do with ducks). i am in the same situation with grouse...

as far as experiences, it would have to be dove because of the sheer numbers of hunts i have had with them. each one has been special in some way or other. whether it was something the dog did or just great shooting or with my dad, etc. i can't say that would be the case if i hunted the later 3 i mentioned with any regularity if for no other reason than the vast amounts of terrain you get to cover on a single hunt.
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Postby Swamp Puppy » Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:53 pm

my overall favorite for the table is Grouse. you just can't beat a big fat Blue that has been feasting on berries all summer.

as far as a favorite in terms of challege to hunt. Mountain Quail has to be the hardest thing i've tried to kill in my lifetime. (still haven't had at the Chuckars yet. i hear they are one tough customer too.) I've had many an instance of hanging onto a clump of ferns with one hand while attempting to manage some sort of footing on a near vertical slope while still trying to get a shot off at a flushing bird as it sails down into a 600ft canyon.
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Postby ACEBLDRS » Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:22 pm

Ya swamp, i've done that with the mountain quail. I think i spent more time prayin and cussin than i did huntin. "OH, God WHY THE HELL DID I HIKE MY FAT *** ALL THE WAY UP HERE!!!!!!"
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Postby Snaph » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:05 pm

Free range chickens...easy shooting. Pheasants, good bird to put in the smoker. The PA state bird is the grouse, I rarely see them anymore. Woodcock is fun if you can find them.
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Postby ACEBLDRS » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:10 pm

Snafu, i was getting ready to ask what a wood cock was. I was flipping through the OLN on demand programs and saw that they were having a show on wood cock hunting back east. I havn't heard of them before. How big a bird are they?
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Postby Snaph » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:38 pm

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That is about as close as I can get you right now.
They are about the same size as a dove...and just as hard to hit.
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Postby ACEBLDRS » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:41 pm

I assume by the name that you hunt them in wooded areas? Or do you find them in fields like pheasants?
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Postby Snaph » Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:47 pm

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They like cover. I have found most of them in lightly wooded areas next to fields. I have kicked them out of batches of small trees and weeds in a field. I flush them (sometimes) stomping brush piles for rabbits.
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Postby ACEBLDRS » Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:18 pm

I watched that show on OLN about wood cocks. It was with Dash and Dez. Man those things hang out in some damn rough cover! You couldn't even see the dog after he was 10'away. rough huntin.
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Postby Swamp Puppy » Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:57 pm

i can't remember if it is woodcock or snipe that we have around here...some sort of small little bird that lives in the creek bottoms and other thick wet stuff. never seen one close enough or for a long enough period of time to put a solid ID on it.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sun Jun 26, 2005 11:59 pm

Pretty much the only natural ones we have up here are grouse and ptarmigan.......fun birds to hunt! :thumbsup:

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Postby gsphunter » Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:33 am

Bobwhites are probably my favorite. They hold tight, which is good for hunting with dogs, and they damn near explode from under your feet when you're flushing them. I'm going to make some trips this year for some pheasant's though, so that could change.

Wood Cock are neat birds. I find quite a few of them when they migrate through Missouri. They throw of a different smell than most upland birds do, so the dogs have a tough time on them at first.
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Postby duckdog » Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:40 pm

Pheasant's, with hun's coming in second. That's all we have in NW Iowa, but there are plenty of them! We got alot of dove's also but are %#$% govenor got a bill passed to protect them
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Postby 98ramtough » Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:46 pm

Chuckars, Grouse, Pheasants.

Man chuckars will wear you and your dog out!
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Postby donell67 » Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:14 pm

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Postby gsphunter » Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:08 pm

98ram, do you have wild chuckars in WA? I thought they had a more southern range. I love the taste of chuckars though. The only way I get them is going to a game farm or as training birds.
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Postby Ducksbeus » Mon Jun 27, 2005 9:16 pm

Pheasant, chukar, Gambels quail. Hunted chukar and gambels in the Nevada, Arizona, California desert mountains, pheasant in South Dakota and Iowa. Man... them chukar stink when ya clean em, but sho do fry up nice ...pheasant, the best bang for the buck out there, Gambels quail, the ultimate in fast flying busted coveys :yes: :yes: Y'all have a nice day! :thumbsup:
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Postby Dogman » Wed Jun 29, 2005 6:32 pm

Ruffed Grouse has to be #1 followed by American Woodcock.
Both birds will take you into thick hard cover so you have to be very alert or wind up empty handed.Rarely get a second shot,especially on Grouse. :eek:
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Postby mallardman77 » Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:42 pm

Sharptails and huns here, although both birds seem to be in low numbers.
That sucks cause there GOOD eatin!
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Postby mallardman77 » Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:46 pm

AlaskaRedneK wrote:Pretty much the only natural ones we have up here are grouse and ptarmigan.......fun birds to hunt! :thumbsup:

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I hear ptarmagins are some pretty dumb birds.

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Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Jul 04, 2005 3:49 pm

I kill a lot of phesants, but love grouse hunting.
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Postby Swamp Puppy » Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:38 pm

Dogman wrote:Rarely get a second shot,especially on Grouse. :eek:


second shot!!! :eek: man, i rarely get a FIRST shot.... :toofunny:
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