Bird hunting bucket list.

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Roper, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    The few magazines I get have finally got the better of me. Covey Run, Shooting Sportsman, and Grey's Sporting Journal have lured me into creating a bucket list. So, while I'm still sucking the teat of Boeing I'm going to put up some big bucks and fulfill my dream goal of the following. I want to hunt wild pheasants, sharptails, chukars, huns, and bobwhites before I retire and can't afford it. Montana, the Dakotas, and Georgia are calling. Yup, I'm gonna take a few trips and hit some lodges for guided hunts.

    I can probably nail 3 of them in one trip to Highland Hills Ranch in Oregon. They have pheasants, huns, and chukars. All I have to do is throw down a couple of grand and hit them on the wing. What I'm looking for is some feedback about the Dakotas for wild pheasant and sharpies. Advice and references are welcome. Offers to join in this merry chase also considered...

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  2. Phil Fravel

    Phil Fravel Friendly

    Dont really have a bucket list but anywhere with my Son, Dad and friends. But on the list would be to hunt with a dog some day
  3. Bob Rankin

    Bob Rankin Active Member

    I love hunting North Dakota, you can do it on the cheap. Brush up on your door knocking skills and have a great time. South Dakota is all about money, it's harder to get farmers to let you hunt for free. There are lots of sharpies in North Dakota, Huns and chucker's we have in washington. I might be going to North Dakota in a week, I heard the crops are down!
  4. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    I retire in 12 regular working days, Roper. C'mon down . . . I can show you chukars & huns, no bobs, but we could head a bit east for sharpies & many more pheasants (re: chukars, you DO know CPR, correct?).
  5. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

    Riverview Plantation for Georgia quail, I did some work for them when I was with the feds. They run a quality operation, very traditional, good birds, good dogs. They are "Highland Hills" quality.
  6. Islander

    Islander Steve

    Great list Rick, I'm with you on wanting to hunt some wild pheasant. I might be up for a trip to Highland Hills.....I'd have to save up my allowance though. :eek:
  7. Blake Harmon

    Blake Harmon Active Member

    Central Wa this morning.
  8. Islander

    Islander Steve

    I'm soooooo jealous. :D
  9. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    Blake, your Springer is doing a great job for you. Chukar is a young mans sport, us old guys walk uphill slooooowly.:D
  10. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Congratulations... I'm green with envy!
  11. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Well done and excellent choice of gun (say's one CZ aficionado to another).
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  12. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    I'd settle for some OJT from the forums franchise players.
  13. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    John Kohnke is our local NAVHDA chapter president, and guides for HH. He was telling me that he usually has his Griffons point the birds, then sends one of his spaniels in to flush. Sounds like quite the show.
  14. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    Roper-one thing about HH (I have never been but some of my hunting buddies tune up their dogs there) is that the birds are not wild. The way they manage the place makes the birds act sort of wild, but if you really want wild birds, we need to go to the Dakotas or let Blake guide us as he seems to have those wild birds dialed in. Maybe we could pay him to take us hunting! Rick
  15. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    If you hunt the hills around HH, which they allow you to hunt, you'll be on wild birds.
  16. NDflyfisher

    NDflyfisher Member

    Might want to wait until next year. We have had snow on the ground for a few weeks now and up to a foot more coming in the next few days. Highs later this week are around -10, lows to -20. That's without wind chill.

    We have a lot of partridge, sharpies and of course pheasants. I didnt know there was such a thing as not wild bird hunting until just recently. Shooting released birds is crazy to me. Definitely not hunting. PM me if your looking for some areas to hunt in ND.

    Don't overlook a cast and blast trip. Massive pike on flies in October, big bows and browns chasing streamers on the Missouri River below the big lake. We have had a lot of water the last few years. The potholes are full and the waterfowl hunting was awesome. October is a month I shouldn't have to work.
  17. Bob Rankin

    Bob Rankin Active Member

    Thanks for the heads up Ndflyfisher. I'm going to pass on my North Dakota trip and chase some local birds the rest of the season. I couldn't agree more about paying to shoot birds, it's insane. Why bother.
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  18. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    Great info guys, Thanks. The reason I consider paying to play is that I don't have a bird dog. Yeah, I have a dog that hunts with me and she will put birds up, but in no way does she point. At 13 years old it's a bit late to start...

    I'm liking the idea of a multi-bird hunt in ND. Upland and waterfowl sounds great. Catching fish always works for me...
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  19. Smalma

    Smalma Active Member

    Great thread!

    Once knew a fellow hunter whose bucket list was take all the world's grouse species; last I heard he had all be two (requires a lot of travel).

    I'm currently working on adding several new (to me) Washington waterfowl to my list. It is fun to target new species and learning more about those species needs and habits for successful DIY hunts.

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  20. martyg

    martyg Active Member

    We should talk. I spend a month out in the Dakotas every year. Didn't go this year as the bird numbers were dismal. You can hunt over my dogs and buy me dinner. We'll call it good.

    You wouldn't like HH. Too plastic.