Archive for upland game

South Dakotans Enjoy Tremendous Pheasant Opener

With South Dakota’s pheasant-brood survey up 76-percent over last year, all signs pointed to a fantastic season opener on October 18. However, few probably expected it to kick off quite as well as it did.

November 10, 2014

The Toughest Bird to Kill

What's the toughest bird to kill? Kyle Wintersteen takes a closer look.

November 03, 2014

Smileys in the Blind, Roosters on the Dash

Maybe you didn’t cover yourself in glory on the first day of your guided South Dakota bird hunt, but you’re a fast learner. Day two is a different story. It goes like this …

November 03, 2014

Hogs and Doves the West Texas Way

On a dove and hog hunt in west Texas last year, America Hunter field editor Brian McCombie made some new friends, tested out new gear and took the biggest boar hog of his life. The hunt was held at the T-Diamond Ranch, an NRA Outdoors approved outfitter headed by Roy Wilson. McCombie was joined by eight other hunters, all NRA members—including two father-son teams.

October 24, 2014

Go West for Early Birds and Lots of ’Em

They say the early bird gets the worm, but the early hunter gets the bird. Lots of birds, especially out West where seasons open as early as late August.

September 09, 2014

Where Doves Fly

Field Editor Frank Miniter offers five tips that should help you get a leg up on your competition in the dove field this fall.

September 08, 2014

Iowa Pheasant Estimate Highest in 6 Years

As Iowa pheasants have declined, predictably so too have Iowa pheasant hunters. However, could the rooster population finally be stabilizing--or even recovering?

September 05, 2014

One Dog to Rule Them All

If you haven’t the space, finances nor stamina to keep two hunting dogs—one that points, and one that flushes and retrieves—then get in line for a versatile hunting dog.

August 14, 2014

Pheasants Forever Releases Nesting Habitat Report

Pheasants Forever has released its Pheasant Nesting Habitat Conditions report.

August 04, 2014

Put Down the Mower: Brushy Areas Good for Pheasants, Quail

Need to free up some time to be lazy this summer? Nebraska Pheasants Forever has your answer.

August 01, 2014

Member's Hunt: Taste of Sage

NRA member Roy F. Heilman of Shoreview, Minn., decided to take advantage of a last-chance opportunity to hunt sage grouse with his trusted gundog, Johann. This is his story.

July 25, 2014

Why Anti-Logging Policies are Killing Grouse and Woodcock

Meanwhile woodcock have annually declined 1.2-percent since 1968—that means 800,000 fewer male woodcock than in the early 1970's. What can be done? Kyle Wintersteen takes a closer look.

June 27, 2014

Some Good News (Finally) for Bobwhite Quail

It's been grim times for the bobwhite quail, as wild populations have fallen due to habitat loss and other reasons. However, through careful efforts and occasional luck from Mother Nature, they have stabilized and even resurged in certain southern and Midwest states.

June 23, 2014

Farming in Pheasant Country? Consider a "Flushing Bar"

Pheasant country and prime agricultural areas tend to go hand-in-hand, so this time of year many farmers encounter nests while discing the earth or mowing fields. Unfortunately the hens' instinct is to sit tight and wait out the threat—not the best strategy with a tractor bearing down on you.

May 12, 2014

Training More Than a Bird Dog

Upland and waterfowl seasons are open but a fraction of the year—so, what do you do with your faithful gundog during the 9 or 10 months when you aren’t hunting? A dog bred to hunt ought to hunt, of course, but he doesn’t necessarily need to fetch birds to be happy. Kyle Wintersteen offers a few suggestions on how you can keep your favorite hunting buddy occupied in the "offseason."

May 05, 2014