Plan Your Entire Bird Hunting Season Right Here

One of the biggest frustrations for bird hunters is the guantlet of rules and regulations incurred when crossing those faintly marked state lines following your dog in pursuit of an elusive covey.

Each state seems to have its own hunting vocabulary, its own regulation novel published on varying dates, its own license terms, permits, fees… truly maddening. Not to mention that all this information is tucked away in different corners of the web, some easily accessible and user friendly, others the equivalent of mental torture.The good news is Ultimate Upland is taking an apples-to-apples view of every state from the bird hunter’s perspective. We’ve done the hours of research and digging through the clutter in order to give you the best snapshot of how one state compares to the next in bird hunting terms.

Once you decide where you are interested in hunting, we’ve also included a link to their website — the small game section whenever possible — and a separate link to their online licensing systems. The minimum state requirements for hunting just upland birds are broken down, easy to find and easy to compare to other venues. So now you can spend less time searching the web for cagey information, and more time in the field after evasive birds.

Dad with Rooster

Making Kansas Memories

Opening day in Kansas occupies a sacred  place for me since this is the territory  where my upland obsession really took hold years ago. The bulk of the state has a dismal bird forecast like much of the rest of the Midwest this year. There are some bright spots which have been deemed the north … Read more

South Dakota Hunting

South Dakota’s Ringed Circus (part 1)

It may not be the greatest show on Earth, but for those in pursuit of the  Chinese Rooster it’s not far from it. I rolled into the Black Hills of western Dakota a week before the trumpeted pheasant opener in order to get some spring back in the legs and give Wyatt, my black lab … Read more

Public Land Ptarmigan

To the Edge with Friends and Dogs

We all have limits. But that edge is never static. It’s a river that rages perilously close or meanders docile and aimless in the distance. Most people are perfectly comfortable keeping a healthy distance—there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But there is something about that torrent that is captivating and revealing. What we see … Read more

Late Season Bobwhite

3000 Miles for One Bird

The sun is dipping into the horizon and the thermometer reads 19° when the dogs and I return to the truck after hunting the final day of upland season in Kansas. A quick check of the fitness band reveals I’ve hiked over 12 miles in eight inches of new snowfall. The dogs never stopped hunting … Read more

Dogs on Water Break

On the Road Again

Driving endless hours. It’s the not-so-glamourous part of this upland hunting pursuit. Thankfully the days afield tend to erase the days of pavement. The two longest drives of the year are always the first and last of the season. The anticipation of getting underway and the dread of completion make the toughest slogs. The 4,200 … Read more

Elkhorn Ranch North Dakota

Hunting in the Shadow of Roosevelt

When I hunt in North Dakota, my thoughts often drift to Teddy Roosevelt’s days at Elkhorn Ranch — He named his Dakota home for a pair of locked elk skulls he found at the site. Today, centrally located within the million acres of the Little Missouri National Grasslands, Elkhorn is a great place to visit … Read more