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Favorite Game Bird

What is your favorite Game Bird to hunt?

Ruffed Grouse
86
21%
Bobwhite Quail
101
25%
Ring-Neck Pheasant
139
35%
Chuckar Partridge
30
7%
Other
45
11%
 
Total votes : 401

Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby bwjohn » Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:33 pm

I choose other b/c there is no bad bird to hunt.

But, I have had a lot of fun this year hunting for huns, they could quickly become my favorite.

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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby SHORTFAT » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:31 am

My real favorite is the one on my plate at any given meal... :mrgreen: but I chose the Ruffie... 'cuz that's what I have here to hunt! They're all good tho! :D
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby Ryman Gun Dog » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:17 am

Gentlemen,
I am a Grouse hunter who owns Grouse dogs, we hunt a lot of Woodcock also, 99% of all our hunting is on wild birds. We even travel around to different states to Grouse & Woodcock hunt. To me there is nothing like Grouse hunting, even traveled to Scotland to hunt Red Grouse in the 70's, got to admit I love Texas wild Quail hunting also, and hunted wild Pheasants in Lancaster County, Pa before we lost our Pheasant program to the politicians, but there is nothing like Grouse hunting for me, its our family tradition and back woods way of life, that makes Grouse hunting so incredible to me. It not just hunting it a way of life.

Levie,
Your Avatar is just fantastic sir.

Wagonmaster,
I agree with your knowledge about Grouse hunting and some dogs being along for the walk and to scare the Grouse,
when you grow up hunting Grouse with good Grouse dogs, you soon learn that not all dogs can be Grouse dogs. I got a big kick out of your post.

RGD/Dave

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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby JIM K » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:05 pm

most hunters can take any dog and go pheasant hunting with friends and have ball.dont even need dog so i can see why pheasants are getting most votes.
same trout fishing, i have whole stream to myself fishing where they dont stock.
stocked areas are shoulder to shoulder.
if we said, stocked trout or native, most would say stocked.

i like GROUSE the best because MOST get away.most times i let them go anyhow so toby has birds to hunt.or toby flushes grouse out beyond 35 yds, i wont shoot.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby ckirsch » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:24 pm

Although I live in the Mecca of pheasant hunting, I would rather pursue prairie chickens and sharptails, as they take me to wilder country, with fewer fences, roads, and people. I can let my dogs range as far as they please, and prairie grouse hold better for pointers than pheasants do, at least through the first half of the season.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby JIM K » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:05 pm

ckirsch wrote:Although I live in the Mecca of pheasant hunting, I would rather pursue prairie chickens and sharptails, as they take me to wilder country, with fewer fences, roads, and people. I can let my dogs range as far as they please, and prairie grouse hold better for pointers than pheasants do, at least through the first half of the season.


CAN I GO ALONG? :D
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby Elkhunter » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:37 pm

Why no love for the chukar bird?? :D Not a bird alive that physically challenges both man and beast more!

They are out there somewhere!
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Get to chase em in the steep boulder country!
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Sometimes you find this..
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby SHORTFAT » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:06 pm

Elkhunter wrote:Why no love for the chukar bird?? Not a bird alive that physically challenges both man and beast more!


Elkhunter, I would love to hunt wild chukars! But they ain't where I am... or is... anyway, a local bird supplier raises them, and I use them to train my dog with... I'm sure the wild ones are much more challenging and I hope to hunt them someday! Love the pics! :lol:
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby BigTub » Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:23 pm

Mearns Quail ... if it will ever rain.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby Troy08er » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:56 am

Valley quail & chukar is the species in my area. I mostly chase the valleys, if I'm looking to be in bed by 4 pm then I chase the chukar.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby Double Shot Banks » Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:47 pm

I chose other, not sure if ducks/geese was one of the "other" options but i love shootin up the ducks and geese on water or field hunting
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby Redneck » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:40 pm

prairie chicken
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby hettmoe » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:48 am

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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby doop » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:08 pm

Ive always loved grouse hunting, but now that I have a dog again I think even more than deer hunting. Can't beat the challenge even when you know that darn bird is in there there's still a good chance you'll miss or barely get a glimpse of em.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby longwingger » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:30 pm

Other, Sage Grouse, wide open country and serious dog work where a dog is required to run on the horizon, I am a falconer so it is a little different game plan.
My other favorites are;

Sharptailed Grouse, Prairie Chickens, and Huns
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby longwingger » Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:32 pm

ckirsch wrote:Although I live in the Mecca of pheasant hunting, I would rather pursue prairie chickens and sharptails, as they take me to wilder country, with fewer fences, roads, and people. I can let my dogs range as far as they please, and prairie grouse hold better for pointers than pheasants do, at least through the first half of the season.



I am with you on your thoughts!
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby quackerjack » Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:48 am

Blue Grouse was the first upland game bird to get me hooked on bird hunting. Some of my favorite hunts were chasing the Blue's. The way and sound they make when they explode out from the ground reminds me of a helicopter.

My other love is chukar. I have had far less success finding chukar but when I do, it's a BLAST! The terrain they inhabit is treacherously breath taking and their ability to outsmart the predator is something else.

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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby roaniecowpony » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:09 pm

Any quail is a joy. Chukar is a masochistic obsession.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby KCBrittfan » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:28 pm

Bobwhite Quail is by far my favorite amongst the birds I've gotten to hunt so far.

I've never had a bad time hunting any of them. It sure beats being stuck in the city.

I really, really, really, want to try Huns and Sharptails, but I don't see my circumstances letting it happen any time soon.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby DonF » Thu May 30, 2013 10:01 am

I don't think I have a favorite but don't care to hunt Pheasant's much. I love Chukars but can't get up to them anymore, love Valley Quail and love Huns. If I could get out and around good today like in the past, Chuckars, Huns and valley Quail would be mostly what I'd hunt. Never hunted Sharptails, maybe someday. When I lived in Montana and Alaska, my favorite bird hands down was Ruff, Franklin and Blue grouse; in Alaska it was Spruce Grouse. Favorite eating bird is the Blue Grouse, nothing in it's class for me.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby roaniecowpony » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:33 am

+1 for the blues for eating. Not a big challenge to shoot IMO.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby roaniecowpony » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:49 pm

I'm surprised pheasant is the high bird. Frankly, I find them an easy to shoot bird, being big and relatively slow to get going. And 3 birds and you're done for the day. I do enjoy hunting them, but quail is my favorite, with the mearns becoming my favorite alongside the valley quail.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby LeonStagg » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:01 pm

Other.......teal for shooting and eating.
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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby DoubleBarrel GunDogs » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:30 am

Hungarian Partridge. Unfortunately I don't get to hunt them very often.

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Re: Favorite Game Bird

Postby Ez4 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:06 pm

California Quail
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