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Expanding horizons #15551967 12/21/20
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A post in a different thread made me think about this. It seems easy, real easy, for people to get in an upland game routine, based on what they're hunting at home. I go pheasant hunting alot, and am fortunate to have prairie birds to hunt as well. We used to have a sage grouse season, I participated in that for years. I've hunted and taken ruffs and spruce grouse while on big game trips-I always take a shotgun along. In fact my first two ruffed grouse were a double, taken with a 16ga Citori.

But I'd love to go on a mule drawn wagon hunt for Bobs--super hard to do for me, its my busiest time of year by far. I'd like to shoot ptarmigan in the North and I'd love to shoot the quail of the desert SW. Perhaps I can do these things now that the girls are getting older.

Thoughts on that?


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I’m with you, as I’ve never harvested anything other than Huns, sharpies, and pheasants. I’d really love to shoot some spruce and ruffed grouse. The Mearns and Gambles quail are high on my list too but with a 7 year old and a 5 year old it’ll be awhile before I get the chance

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You're so close in North Dakota to the forest grouse in Ontario...we shot tons of them on our moose hunting trips.


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I’ve was raised on pheasants, hunting with HS and college friends; then concentrated on traditional archery for whitetails for some years, and moved on to rifle hunts for elk for over two decades. I never left pheasants, but for some years they took a back burner. We had Hun’s in NW Iowa then too. Loved ‘em. Great little birds.

There are many upland birds I’d love to hunt if plunked down into their world, but the social aspects of any hunt now take priority over any species. The few times I hunted Canada geese in the Big Bend area from a blind - pass shooting- was great fun. Except it was in the pre-tungsten-matrix days and it made me decide I’d never shoot steel again.

Boiled down, any upland hunt I could do with some good friends or acquaintances would be enjoyed.

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All it takes is managing priorities.

Plenty of birds can be hunted in winter after most big game seasons are done, so that's always nice.

Hunt the mountain quail and snowcock while you're still young....



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I have hunting ADD. I'm far from an avid or good bird hunter, but I've hunted lots of different types. Favorites are the prairie species and pheasants. Mearns was a hoot and something I'd like to do again.

At this point I can only wish to live somewhere with lots of wild birds. So trips will have to be it. 'Twould love to get Hank out to ID or NV for a week or two chasing chukars someday.

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I've taken 17 species of upland birds in then west. My Vizslas have demanded I take them hunting and I've obliged. That said my true love is bowhunting big game in new places and I've had some outstanding luck there as well. These days I try to balance the two out.

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Originally Posted by Kurt52
I've taken 17 species of upland birds in then west. My Vizslas have demanded I take them hunting and I've obliged. That said my true love is bowhunting big game in new places and I've had some outstanding luck there as well. These days I try to balance the two out.
Very nicely done! I didn't realize there were that many species as I'd never really counted them. Just off the top of my head I've shot the following:

Mearn's Quail
Gambel's Quail
Bobwhite Quail
Blue Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Sage Grouse
Hungarian Partridge
Chukar
Pheasants
Lesser Prairie Chicken
Greater Prairie Chicken
Willow Ptarmigan

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I know it’s an old post, but one day I will make it to the southwest for mearns and blue quail. I’ve been north for grouse, and rustled up a few bobwhites here at home. But the west is my dream quest.

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Originally Posted by pointer
Originally Posted by Kurt52
I've taken 17 species of upland birds in then west. My Vizslas have demanded I take them hunting and I've obliged. That said my true love is bowhunting big game in new places and I've had some outstanding luck there as well. These days I try to balance the two out.
Very nicely done! I didn't realize there were that many species as I'd never really counted them. Just off the top of my head I've shot the following:

Mearn's Quail
Gambel's Quail
Bobwhite Quail
Blue Grouse
Ruffed Grouse
Sage Grouse
Hungarian Partridge
Chukar
Pheasants
Lesser Prairie Chicken
Greater Prairie Chicken
Willow Ptarmigan






Spruce grouse
Scaled quail
White-tailed ptarmigan
Rock ptarmigan
Mountain quail
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sooty Grouse (if you you're a dusky/Sooty nerd)
Chacalaca

Etc...

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Himalayan Snowcock for the ultimate bucket list.

Hit Nevada 5 years ago and managed to find a few.

Praire chickens next and Mearns


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Originally Posted by BKinSD
I'd love to shoot the quail of the desert SW.



I did AZ for the first time this year. To call it humbling would be an understatement.

I've done trips to 8 states for wild birds plus my home state. Never got it handed to me like desert quail.

Got 100% skunked hunting scalies in TX. AZ saw plenty of birds, nearly all right next to someone's house. 6 days I shot at 3 coveys.

It was surely worth the trip, but even late season WIHA in KS is way easier, and that's no picnic.

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Maj Charles Askins, Sr. loved to shoot desert quail. I ended up with his fav Superposed, set up to his specs for desert quail by Browning. He took delivery in 1933. There are more than a few pictures of him, holding this gun with a mess of birds.

His son, Col Askins, commented that his Dad rarely missed flying targets. The old man was a top gun writer and shotgun guru back in his day.

I’ve never had the privilege of shooting desert quail. It would be a real hoot to do so, using the old man’s gun.

Maybe one of these days.

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