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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.

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

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

New Mexico Sunset

Embrace the Hunting Curve

I kicked off this season hunting the entire month of September without ever pulling the trigger—for birds, not for big game, not for a once-in-a-lifetime tag draw. I never even came close. True, the Himalayan Snowcock might be the most challenging hunt in the country. This was my second attempt at those demons and I … 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

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

Montana Bird Hunting

Kicking Off the 2013 Upland Season in Montana

When you are about to drive 1500 miles to hunt birds, the last thing you want to do is forget something. Rural Montana isn’t the easiest place to find gear that you left behind. Because it’s the first hunt of the year, I try and pack over the course of a couple weeks. Sounds crazy, … Read more