Getting back into it. Upland bird

Replicant

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My cousin from Colorado called me this morning out of the blue and invited me to go hunting in Kansas this fall. He and his buddy have trained up some young pointer's and hope to put in a full season. He also suggested that they would like to come up my way to hunt anything upland bird. I haven't been on a decent bird hunt in about ten years and that was down in Arizona chasing after quail with same cousin and buddy Steve. Other than one miserable game farm hunt, here in E. WA, I have been out of the loop. Any recommendations or even just an 'area'? WA, OR, ID, MT ? A guided hunt is fine but we are campers and cheap motel kind of guys, not looking for resorts or lodges. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

gt

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when i was in school in Pullman in the 60s, we hunted the harvested wheat fields in the fall and winter. look for 'eye brows' where the rolling hills were too steep for planting. always held pheasant. and the snake river breaks always yielded valley quail and the tough to hunt chukars. don't know what access looks like today but maybe someone else can chime in.
 

Furled

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Ruffed grouse is a good option. You can find them along most U.S. Forest Service Roads on either side of the Cascades. Look for stream corridors with a mix of conifers and aspens. If you see rosehips you'll know you are in the right spot. Just start walking the forest service roads. The grouse will come down on to the road to peck grit.
 

Whitewater

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Get in your truck and drive east. When you get to Idaho look for broken rock slopes and cheat grass. Start hunting. Cheat grass = Chukars. Broken rock slopes = fewer hunters. Figure about 1000 ft elevation change per chukar and you'll be about right.

And PM sent.
 
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Replicant

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Hey all,
I really appreciate the responses. I should have mentioned that I wasn't trying to get your secret spot, just a broad general direction and type of game. But you delivered and I appreciate it. Thanks for the PM's too.
 

Roper

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Ruffed grouse is a good option. You can find them along most U.S. Forest Service Roads on either side of the Cascades. Look for stream corridors with a mix of conifers and aspens. If you see rosehips you'll know you are in the right spot. Just start walking the forest service roads. The grouse will come down on to the road to peck grit.
Also, don't be shy about walking old logging spurs off the main roads. Higher elevations and ridge tops will hold Blue (Dusky) Grouse.
 

gt

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you can never catch up to any chukar walking uphill, impossible. the 'trick' is to find what elevation they are working and parallel the hillside. around the snake bluffs W of Pullman, they would almost always be up in the wheat fields that met the breaks every morning. easy hunting once you figure this out.
 
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bennysbuddy

Grouse opens on the first. Yeah, it’s gonna be warm in the Okanogan but I’m headed out anyway. Early morning, late afternoon...gotta do it.
This year I’m going to fool them by hunting late September/ early October just before deer season. l plan to take month off for hunting
 

Roper

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This year I’m going to fool them by hunting late September/ early October just before deer season. l plan to take month off for hunting
I’ve been thinking about this, you have a good point. Maybe we could get together...
 

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