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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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upland road trip

I'm pretty new to upland hunting... this is my first year. Watching a gun dog show got me to thinking about drive-able pheasant hunts. The episode showed a hunt in KS (18 hour drive from me... way too far for a casual road trip). I found a map that'll draw a radius circle around a point and one that'll draw a drive time radius.

Most of the states "known" for pheasant hunting are hike from western PA.

Are there any locations outside of PA within approximately an 8 hour/500 mile drive from Pittsburgh area that are worth the effort for a pheasant/wild pheasant hunt? I realize that's kind of a vague question but I was hoping to spark a conversation on a slow rainy day at work.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2018, 02:37 PM
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If you are looking for a wild pheasant hunt in Pennsylvania you are out of luck.

But, if you are just looking for good pheasant hunting there are many places within a couple hours’ drive that have some excellent pheasant hunting. I had 245 pheasant up over my dog while hunting public land in the local area this fall.

I know a couple who went to South Dakota to hunt wild pheasants on their honeymoon a few year ago. After two days they came back to hunt on our local game lands. They said the pheasant hunting was much better here.

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thanks dick

i'm learning my way around areas local to home and camp, but i was looking outside of pa within an 8ish hour drive.

a worthy road trip hunt that doesn't require driving to kansas or south dakota. the answer might be... that doesn't exist.
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Check into Iowa. I went in 2008 with 2 buddies and had a great time. We rented an old farmhouse in Northeastern part of the state that had 60 acres and other than hunting around the house a few times we hunted public land. It worked out to be under $700 a person for the entire trip everything included for a week long trip. It may be a little higher today due to the increased price of gas. If I remember the trip was about 17hrs for us from Southeast PA but we were not in that much of a hurry and took our time getting out there. From Pittsburgh you can shave off 5 to 6 hours drive time. Still above your 8 hour drive but not too much more. I can provide the info for the place we stayed if you are interested.
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I agree, Iowa is closer and would be a good choice.
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I'd probably choose western Iowa as the closest best bet for wild birds though I've read that over the past 5 to 10 years Iowa has also seen a dramatic decline in pheasant numbers due to changes in AG practices.

Check out this pheasant hunting in Montana, really makes me want to relocate;
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I agree, Iowa is closer and would be a good choice.
THAT'S what i was looking for. Thanks to both of you!

I did read that western Iowa was the better side of the state but the eastern side should be under a 10 hour drive.
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Hard to beat South Dakota I have been out there 8 times,numbers down a bit the last few years but still awesome hunting
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