Re: Do You Hunt Upland Birds?
Yes. I enjoy Upland Bird Hunting with my Brittany. This will be her 3rd hunting season. She points, honors, retrieves and loves to hunt. We hunt quail, ruffed grouse, pheasant, chukkar and woodcock(aka: snipe, not the kind you get with a gunnysack.)
I have been hunting the Georgia woods and fields with Brittany Spaniels since the mid-70ies when it was very easy to find wild Bobwhite Quail in just about every fence line and bayberry patch. Those days are long gone. Most of the quail hunting is now commercial on plantations or private shooting/hunting reserves. There are still a lot of wild Ruffed Grouse here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can still find a few wild Bobwhite Quail but that is more in the central and southern part of the state, and the quail are sparse.
There are a lot of quail restoration projects that are showing varing amounts of success. Pen raised birds that are conditioned using long flyway pens develope very large, strong flight musles and higher stamina levels. These birds provide a hunting experience that is very close to the wild Bobs of the past. Many of these pen raised birds are released back into the wild. There is about a 25% survival rate from these domestically raised birds to a surviving wild bird. We have a lot of fat foxes, coyotes and snakes.
Looking forward to the season opening this year.