What is your favorite upland bird?

Pheasant, turkey, dove, grouse, partridge, quail, squirrel, rabbits, etc.

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Postby lars » Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:37 am

went puddler hunting this year as usual.... shot more divers than puddle ducks. typical
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Postby duck jerky » Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:44 pm

pheasants I take 2 weeks of vacation just to hunt them. :thumbsup: chukars taste better, but pheasant is king of upland birds.
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Postby Ryan » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:27 pm

duck jerky wrote:pheasants I take 2 weeks of vacation just to hunt them. :thumbsup: chukars taste better, but pheasant is king of upland birds.


You too huh? Suddenly I get sick when hunting season come in and I need to call in sick. Every year :thumbsup:
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Postby ak_powder_monkey » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:25 pm

I like ptarmigan nothing quite like chasing them down on skis or when 30 birds rip in front of you when you are skiingg down a ridge at mach looney
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Postby Michigan » Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:18 pm

Grouse and woodcock
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Postby yellowlab » Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:42 am

i would say mine is pheasants ... nothing better just wish i didn't have to drive a couple/three hr. to get into many

i really want to try grouse hunting some time though. just isn't avalible here in KS
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Postby gone winchester » Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:10 am

I would have to say Doves.....I would say Pheasants but never hunted them before.
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Postby A-Bomb » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:24 pm

pheasant!!! :yes:
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Postby jiminy_fatal » Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:28 pm

I would have to say, at this point in my life, my favourite upland bird is the spruce grouse. I know that he isn't a bright bird, or a difficult bird to kill, but there is something to be said about a bird that can be totally hidden less than 3 feet from your head in a thick pine/birch treeline....

Not to mention their colours....


anyways...
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Postby ak_powder_monkey » Wed Nov 01, 2006 2:22 am

spruce grouse also make great nymph wing cases!
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:58 am

I'm all about the pheasants, but I always ending up bagging a few woodcock even though I don't specifically hunt for them. I think they are some sporting little birds.
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Postby choclab » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:45 pm

I would have to say Chukar or Pheasant. Nothing like shooting a Chukar who is about to hit mach 5.....and there ain't nothing like dropping a huge cacklin' rooster over a good dog.
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Postby h2oknine » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:51 am

Quail is mine especailly Scaled quail. need flushers for them they don't stand still long enough for a pointer to point.
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Postby cut_un » Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:26 am

I guess my all time favorite, has been, still is and will be "The spring turkey gobbler" Talking turkey in the spring woods of Va. is as good as it gets. He's fun to hunt and not too shabby on the diner table either :salude: :salude:
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SNipe or woodcock

Postby sir salvador » Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:29 pm

we have snipe around here i'm down in lebanon oregon
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Postby Old Timer » Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:45 pm

My favorite would be turkey, followed by pheasant, then quail. Dove....just a tune up and lord knows I needed tuned up.lol Something about gobble and druming raises the hair on my neck early on a spring morning.
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Postby hermit » Sun Jan 07, 2007 4:38 pm

My favorite is grouse....... Ruffed or Blue. It opens in Sept. Not many people hunt them, usually bag a rabbit or two or spend the mid-day fishing.
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Postby skybuster20ga » Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:16 pm

no question , woodcock
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Postby tealslayerblw » Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:44 pm

pheasant, always been the best type of hunting ive been apart of, nothing like a nice rooster over a good lab :salude:
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Postby duck huntin mamou » Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:47 pm

mainly doves and snipe
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Postby skybuster20ga » Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:47 pm

i like the woodcock for the tough shootin
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Postby wuzzagrunt » Sun May 27, 2007 2:08 pm

Ruffed Grouse first and always!

There used to be a lot of wild quail on Long Island when I was a kid. Now most of the habitat is residential development (with the resulting explosion in the feral cat population). There are still some quail around, but I'd bet most all of them can trace their DNA to quail bought for training pointing dogs. I can still remember having my heart nearly stopped while walking across a field on my way to school. Being half asleep and having a covey of 40 quail bust at your feet will get you alert in a hurry.

Downstate NY, we have whacha call "put and take" pheasant hunting. The DEC plants penraised birds on Thursday (IIRC) and the weekend hunters have more-or-less preserve type shooting. The birds are strong flyers but pretty tame. Come Monday morning, the birds that have survived are pretty well educated, and will flush wild or run like the blazes. Then, a flushing dog is the ticket. Any bird that survives his first weekend stands a decent chance of dying of old age (assuming a fox soesn't get him). Roosters and hens are legal.

Woodcock is right up there with grouse but you have to time the flights just right. I got one spot where if you are into birds, you can limit out in a half hour. Most years they are right there waiting for me during the Columbus day holiday weekend. There are plenty of Ruffies if the Woodcock haven't shown up yet.
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Postby ksgooser » Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:17 am

Pheasant. nothing like a dog locking up on point the flushing a big ol' rooster.
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Postby DiscoDuck » Thu Jun 07, 2007 5:36 am

Ruffed grouse, the king of upland birds! About the only time you get the opportunity for a good clean shot is when you have a deer rifle in your hands!! There's nothin like that little rocket exploding away from you.
Woodcock are a heck of a lot of fun. I have bunches of them that come through my property. Soft, sandy ground around the edges of the wet stuff makes it easy for them to drive that long snout in after worms and critters. They're fun to hunt. There is a split second after they flush, when they change from up to away, where they seem to pause or at least slow down. After that they pour on the afterburners.
Would love to get on wild pheasants, chukkars, and quail, etc. Nothing but pen raised around here.
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Postby DuckMauler » Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:37 pm

Woodcock and turkeys, our woodcock season down here just doesnt last long enough, and idk why because there are gobs of them!
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