For many hunters, preparation begins the night before, or even on the morning of a hunt. For those tasked with providing public hunting opportunities, the preparation is year round. read more
Get the latest tips and news on other upland birds like Mourning Dove, Woodcock, Hungarian Partridge Hunting in your area. A fun upland bird to hunt, the Mourning Dove is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. It is also a leading gamebird, with more than 20 million birds (up to 70 million in some years) shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and for meat. Its ability to sustain its population under such pressure is due to its prolific breeding. A common upland bird, the Woodcock feed at night or in the evenings, searching for invertebrates in soft ground with their long bills. This habit and their unobtrusive plumage makes it difficult to see them when they are resting in the day. The last Upland Bird, the Hungarian Partridge are a seed-eating species, but the young in particular take insects as an essential protein supply. During the first 10 days of life, the young can only digest insects. The parents lead their chicks to the edges of cereal fields, where they can forage for insects.
Take the spring crowing counts for pheasants. The statewide index, which includes the average of all survey routes, decreased 11 percent from 2012. That doesn’t mean pheasant hunters will shoot 11 percent fewer roosters this fall. read more
Quickly. I took the shell out of the chamber and ran. Briars ripped at the back of my hands. Aspen branches slapped my face and bounced off my glasses. read more
Most feather-chasers laugh when I say I’m hitting the northern Michigan woods for the grouse and woodcock openers. read more
The annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 3.9 million birds, down 17 percent from last year but still 73 percent above the long-term average since the survey began in 1948. read more