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What’s the Capital of the Upland Hunter’s Mixed Bag?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

There’s little doubt South Dakota rules the roost when it comes to pheasants.  But if you throw all the upland game birds in the mix, what state offers the single best opportunity for the upland bird hunter? 

 

A South Dakota pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie chicken

Top Contenders for the title of “The Upland Hunter’s Mixed Bag Capital

 

 

  1. California.  The top producer of valley quail is also complimented by roosters in the Sacramento Valley.

 

  1. Colorado.  The best pheasant state secret also features quail and chukars.

 

  1. Idaho.  A climb up Hell’s Canyon can produce pheasants, quail, ruffed grouse and chukars.

 

  1. Iowa.  The longtime pheasant powerhouse also features quail in the south, a few pockets of ruffed grouse, and a smattering of Huns.

 

  1. Kansas.  The #2 pheasant producing state is also the #2 bobwhite quail producing state.  There are also respectable numbers of greater prairie chickens to chase and it’s the only state in the country with an open season on lesser prairie chickens. 

 

  1. Michigan. A top tier ruffed grouse state also boasts the top woodcock harvest in the country and ringneck opportunities in the southern farm country and “thumb” region of the Lower Peninsula. 

 

Michigan woodcock and ruffed grouse

 
  1. Minnesota.  The top-harvesting state for ruffed grouse adds a top five pheasant harvest, a smattering of sharpies, greater prairie chickens and Huns. 

 

  1. Montana.  Big Sky boasts pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse and the best Hungarian partridge numbers south of Canada.

 

  1. Nebraska.  Cornhusker country produces top tier pheasant and bobwhite numbers, along with significant sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie chicken populations.

 

  1. North Dakota.  Another top tier pheasant state accompanied by Huns, sharpies, a few greater prairie chickens, and even a few ruffed grouse.

 

 
  1. South Dakota.  The king of the ringneck also offers greater prairie chickens, sharpies, Huns and even a small population of huntable bobwhites.

 

Kansas bobwhite quail

  1. Texas.  Lots of space for ringnecks, some chickens and four species of quail to hide.

 

  1. Wisconsin.  Like Michigan, cheese country is a top tier ruffed grouse and woodcock producer in the northwoods and delivers respectable pheasant numbers in farm country.

 

Okay, so the question IS NOT “what state is your favorite to hunt?” or even “which state are you from?”  The question is this: What state offers the best mixed bag for the upland hunter?

 

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The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Quail Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

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