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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.

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

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

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

Kansas Sunset

Kansas Bird Hunting in Perspective

I make the annual pilgrimage to Kansas to reunite with old friends and family.  It reminds me of where my passion for bird hunting was first kindled.  Because this year was no exception to the rule, Kansas seemed like the right place to bring together our young Jornada Llewellin Rio with our veteran flusher Wyatt … Read more

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

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