Any upland bird hunters around?

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  1. crackhead

    crackhead Long timer

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    I know it's a bit early, but I'm trying to get things squared away for the upcoming season. If there are any upland hunters in here and you guys gan cet me pointed in the right direction to walk fields and tell lies this year, Id appreciate it. PM me.
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  2. mlyamkaw

    mlyamkaw Drill Baby Drill

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    I am getting into it again after 10 years away from it. Got a new dog to train for the fall at the moment. In Wenatchee, so I don't think I can help, but interested to know myself.:ear
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  3. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    See link for Western WA pheasant release program, Eastern WA pheasant enhancement program . . . . . .

    http://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/gispublic/apps/gohunt/gohuntJSP/startup.jsp

    Otherwise there's gotta be a lot of local knowledge of real upland bird paradise over there in Eastern WA . . . . .

    Key is obtaining permission to hunt from farmers who don't lease out to gun clubs.

    Hungarian partridge abound in some areas if your willing to walk (climb) a lot in rugged canyons . . . . . .

    Local info like where the birds reside is often very well kept (guarded by locals) within their local hunting communities.

    Very long drive to Eastern WA for you tho.

    Good luck.
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  4. Tirespin

    Tirespin Been here awhile

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    I usually drive to the east slopes of the cascades, basically to the Columbia river, for chukar and quail. There's any number of good areas out there. Here on the west side, there's reputed to be good grouse hunting.

    For springtime exercise it's a real pain to find large areas to range. Most trails in even in the national forest require dogs to be on leash (due to leading to wilderness areas?!?), so you take you chances there. I like to use the pheasant release sites during the off season to get chance exposure to birds plus a lot of wide open running, but they're mostly closed to dogs now due to nesting season, which at least is a good reason for closure so I respect that rule.
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  5. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    For the best bird hunting go to the Dakotas or similar. I am amazed at the birds there every year and I live in the Columbia Basin. Chuckar is still my favorite but man those things are tough to get. Thats why I started training retrievers so I didn't have to chase downed birds downhill when hunting the Snake River.

    MLYAMKAW....didn't know you hunted? Shoot trap at all?

    Riding @ Vantage today btw...


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  6. mlyamkaw

    mlyamkaw Drill Baby Drill

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    Yeah Tony, I haven't hunted since I sold the dealership 13 years ago. Got a new Griffon WP and plan to start again in the fall. Used to do trap shooting, and will at least do it enough to get the rust off. We have a place right next to our work, but I have never been there...Will have to holler at you when season is on, but I suspect I will see you riding before then.:deal
    Would have come down for a ride today had I known. Went out to Coulee City for a Hunt Test for Pointers at Pitts Game Farm. Not much to see, but I thought I could pick up some tips.
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  7. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    No notice about todays ride....bad on me! Lots of people out there and we did about 60 miles.

    Griffon is a cool dog, I'd love to see it sometime and point you to some my old hot spots in the area. My last dog was a Visla. She was not a bad dog but was a bit to dainty for Chukars. My pasture is perfect for early gun dog training. The 200' width and electric fence teaches limits. Hand signals and whistle are the way to go. Are you doing the training or sending it out?

    Wa. State Sub-Junior Trap Shooting Champ
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  8. IpponDuro

    IpponDuro Now with Camel Toe

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    Hey Crackhead



    If you wanna hunt for the Forest Grouse talk to Tom Edison he knows where the Dumb ones live.




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    My dog Beamer will run into the woods and get um.


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    But Beamer would much rather swim for his birds.



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    A Western Washington Pheasent liscence is like 90 bucks, so buying one of those is up there with a Discover pass in my book. So I'm not much help in that department. But if you wanna shot at the birds that land in the water hit me up I'll point ya in the right direction or haul ya out to the blind and call a bunch into ya once or twice. :deal




    Just don't forget the Boat Driver keeps the Banded ones :lol3




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  9. crackhead

    crackhead Long timer

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    Hey Travis, thanks for the offer. I used to waterfowl quite a bit in Colorado, but getting up at 0330 on my days off to stand in ass deep frozen water just lost its allure to me. If you have a line on some decent fields or creeks, I'd most definitely like to take you up on it one or twice this upcoming season.

    Growing up back east, everybody's grandmother or cousin or sister or someone had a field (or multiple) that you could hunt your limit of quail on everytime you went out. I never realized until I moved away, how valuable that shit is.
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  10. mlyamkaw

    mlyamkaw Drill Baby Drill

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    No I don't shoot trap! :rofl

    Will send you a PM
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  11. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Me too, which is why I have several lazy German Shorthaired Pointers lounging around the house until October.....



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  12. Gobius

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    Hey mlyamkaw, I will be in the market for a WPG sometime in the next few years, as my current griff is over 13 years old, so I'd love to get a recommendation on a good breeder! Those things are NOT easy to find.

    To the OP - I've been hunting upland for a few years now in WA, with varying success. I used to buy the western WA phez permit, but the crowds just got to be too much. Now I hunt eastern WA almost exclusively - usually in the Othello or Moses Lake area. Yes, it's a lot of driving. And during the winter it's often shitty driving. But you can usually find birds on public land, and you usually aren't tripping over other hunters. If you want to find quail (which are my favorite), you can avoid the phez release sites and much of the crowds.

    Problem is this past year I started chasing ducks, and I'm afraid I'm getting a little addicted to them. So my upland hunting days may be a bit more limited over the next couple of years.
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  13. hayshaker

    hayshaker Been here awhile

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    I kicked out a couple of pheasants and chukars out of the Quilomene last weekend. Goofy chukars were just up the hill from us laughing....trying to trick us into chasing them! :D

    The Griffon is definatly a cool dog.

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  14. Rainshadow

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    I know it's a bit of a hijack, but has anybody figured out a good scabard system for carrying a shotgun, a scoped rifle, or a bow on a dual sport? I'm doing a lot of scouting for deer/elk on my DRZ and I'm thinking it would be a good way to get away from camp during the season.

    Until I can figure out a way to get my knucklehead German Wirehair to ride pillion I'm thinking my upland hunting will be limited to my truck...

    To get this back on track, pretty much all decent pheasant hunting in Oregon is either leased (private land) or overcrowded (public land). The farming has changed so much that areas that used to be epic pheasant and quail hunting spots no longer have any cover. Apparently the Oregon legislature also quietly declared fee hunting an agricultural commodity about 15 years ago so all a rancher has to do to keep their agricultural tax deferral is lease the land for hunting. That lead to an explosion in hobby/sporting ranches owned by folks from the Metro area that have locked out people that have been hunting them for decades. I don't know if it's that way everywhere, but it screwed up Oregon upland hunting for sure.

    The knucklehead and I chase chukars almost exclusively these days as there is still good public access and not as many people that are dumb enough to chase them. The old saying that the first time that you hunt chukars is for fun and after that it's for revenge pretty much applies. I've been laughed at more times than I can count by those red legged devils as they blow past me downhill at 50 mph after luring me and the dog 2,000' up a steep scree slope after running birds.
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  15. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    I've lashed a large holster to the bars of my DR and I carry a T/C Contender pistol in .410 for grouse of opportunity as I wander the logging roads of the Olympic Peninsula. Rolls them quite well out to 25-30yds.

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  16. mlyamkaw

    mlyamkaw Drill Baby Drill

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    Not sure I can be of much help. I found a couple good breeders in MT and ID, but they didn't have any pups. I had to take what I could find, my wife was determined to get a puppy, and it would have been a huge fluff dog with zero hunting potential if I didn't move fast and beat her to the punch! :deal Found ours in Tri Cities on http://www.gundogbreeders.com/
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  17. Rainshadow

    Rainshadow Been here awhile

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    They've started letting us use a .22 for grouse again in Oregon so I can carry either carry my Buckmark or I've thought about getting a .22 conversion for my Kimber. That way I could also carry the .45 slide/mags in case I run into big kittys, grow ops, or tweakers.

    I'd love to find a way to carry my rifle or bow during the season so that I can leave the camper on the truck and use the bike for getting to my access points.
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  18. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Yeah, they let us use a 22 pistol on them too, but the little .410 rolls them pretty well out of the tops of the trees without having to wonder where any missed shots (or even the hit, the bullets always exit) landed.

    Haven't worked out carrying a rifle to a jump off point around here, I'd probably just switch the contender to one of my rifle setups, (longer, rifle barrel in either 30-30 or 35Rem and buttstock) and sling it since it is so small and light vs a regular bolt gun. Or strap to my camel-bak, back pack.

    I'm pretty sure I could work out a scabbard arrangement if given enough time and motivation to think about it. Hmm,....
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  19. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    Here's what I did: Kolpin gun Boot three-point mounted to the Gobi rack. Works great.

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  20. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Hard case, even better than what I was thinking.:thumb
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