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.

Drought Image

Upland Birds Seeing Red

The US Drought Monitor Map gives a pretty depressing view for more than half the country. There is a distinct yellow to deep red tone painting most of the areas west of the Mississippi and south of the Oregon Trail. The Drought Monitor uses a number of factors – soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation and more … Read more

Winter Bird Hunting

Hunting the Polar Vortex

The first half of the 2014 Upland Season is over and it’s been a whirlwind of travel all across the country. But this last trip to South Dakota hunting in brutally cold conditions was a great reminder that some of the best memories afield come from facing adversity and overcoming.

Lab in a Watering Hole

Getting to Know the Rubys a Foot at a Time

Going from barely above sea level to over 8,000 feet in the span of a few days is challenging. So I’ve elected to start this hunt just focusing on the next step.  Sure I’m here to bird hunt. But right now we just have to get  legs and lungs acclimated to this new environment. I … Read more

Bird Hunting Locations

Center of the Bird Hunting Universe

In our free time we tend to think in terms of upland birds, and this leads us down many paths, most of which are somewhat insane hence we don’t share. But, sometimes it’s just too good to ignore. This is one of those times, so follow along. The Breeding Bird Survey is a government collaboration … Read more

Bird Hunting Buddies

Upland with Friends

It’s easy for me to get caught up in this solo pursuit. The rhythm of walking to the horizon with shotgun in hand appeals to my obsessive nature. Shut out the world and follow the dogs. Simple. Quiet. Rewarding. But decades ago I came to be a bird hunter because of friends sharing their experience … Read more

Lab with Ptarmigan

Whitetailed Demons

Something is wrong with me. Any other sane bird hunter would have packed up and moved to the interior where the bird numbers and density are greater. But I’m entrenched in the Kenai and I can’t get away from it. I’ve shot a Whitetailed Ptarmigan already. I’ve seen where they live. I know their confounding … Read more