Well, not sure it has been coined yet, but if it is defined as harvesting one of each bird in the United States, the average upland hunter has a ways to go. Of the 27 huntable species in this country, most have likely seen two. Narrow the area to the contiguous US and 18 species still remain — not counting sub-species.
The Grouse Slam, The Quail Slam, The Ptarmigan Slam……. there is a lot to add to a hunter’s bucket list.
Our forefathers continuing through the ’60s elected to release numerous species in order increase hunting opportunity. Turning a blind eye to the scourge caused by so many other non-native species, upland hunting opportunites have increased exponentially.
How about The Native Bird Slam? Well, now the number’s down to 15 by most tallies. The point simply, upland season is more than just an opening weekend in the open prairie.
Very few of these species inhabit the same area, employ the same evasive tactics or appear similar. The color pallet of plummage alone could keep Crayola busy for a decade. Some hold for a point while others bail before you put two feet in the same field. And they don’t all taste like chicken.
It certainly is more convenient to breast out game birds. After a long day of hunting the bulk of uplanders look for the quickest way to clean birds and get them in the cooler. And if you have hunted for any length of time you probably have the breasting down to a science. There are … Read more
The first game bird bag limits in this country were established by the state of Iowa in 1878 as a way to protect remaining populations of Prairie Chicken, Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock. Iowa didn’t employ game wardens until nine years later, so it remains a mystery how such limits were enforced.* Today, bag limits are … Read more
The number of Ohio residents who recognize the distinctive call of Bobwhite is dwindling. The old-timers, a few farmers, the occasional birder can still whistle the tune that was once a fixture of the buckeye landscape prior to the blizzard of ’78. Just a handful of counties in the southwest corner of the state are … Read more