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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-14-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Western Upland DIY Hunt

Hey guys / gals - looking for some recommendations regarding a multi-species uplnd hunt. Considering the trends and weather influences from year to year I realize counts may vary. I'm specifically trying to weigh availability of accessible public land / walk in areas and varying species of game. Thinking of either north Dakota or eastern MT. Suggestions appreciated.
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Re: Western Upland DIY Hunt

Never hunter Montana. But have been to Idaho (1 time), SD (3 times), ND (3 times), and IO (twice). I am planning to go to either NB or KS this year (got a new pudelpointer that I want to take out).

We hunt all walk-in or private land (after getting landowner permission - Free).

The western Dakotas are far different than their eastern portion. The Missouri is the break.

ND = pheasants, huns, and sharptails

Northern SD = pheasant, huns, and sharptails

Southern SD = pheasants, sharptails, and SOME praire chickens

I have always hunted in areas where there is the best opporunties for mixed bags. If you stay near the Missouri in both states this will be the case.

That said, you will get more shooting if you target a specific species. In other words the best pheasant areas are only marginal hun areas and usually hold little grouse. The best grouse areas are nearly void of pheasants. Etc.

Go to the state game sites. Each state will have species distribution maps. Look for areas that overlap, and cross reference these will access maps.

I can give you specific general areas via PM if you like.

I believe the winter of 2010/2011 took its toll on bird numbers in many areas.

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Don't know if you got my PM . If not check N. E. Mt. Plentygood is agood place to start. Huns Sharptail,Pheasants are in that area. Ranchers used to welcome hunters.
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Re: Western Upland DIY Hunt

Thanks for the help. I get what you're saying about quantity with variety. I'm really just looking to get her and me exposure. We've just really figured out the grouse thing here so I know it will be a challenge but like many others on here its all about the experience.

3july1863 - got your pm. Appreciate it.
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Re: Western Upland DIY Hunt

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Don't know if you got my PM . If not check N. E. Mt. Plentygood is agood place to start. Huns Sharptail,Pheasants are in that area. Ranchers used to welcome hunters.
3july, I think you mean Plentywood. Ranchers are happy to see you because they get paid for every person that hunts on their property because of Montana's land use program. That area of Montana is turning into a natural gas and oil Mecca. It will probably look a lot different the next time you see it. Glad i got to see it before it gets messed up.

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Lynnappelman,Yes I did mean Plentywood,Mt, Not to good at tipeing. Or spelling. Still a lot of land to hunt .
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