I am always off between Christmas and New Years. I am curious what other people think would be the best upland bird hunting experience during this time anywhere within an 8-9 hour drive from Philadelphia.
How about Virginia for Quail. It would be a little closer than NC/SC but I am not sure if they have a huntable wild population.
That's where research comes in. I do know that there are wild quail populations in and around Winchester, Virginia because I work in that area from time to time. But, if you're interested in a trip to hunt some where, you'll be better off to research before driving blindly into an area.
Some guys head down to New Jersey, of all places, for woodcock. I understand the shooting can be good down around Cape May. Never tried it, but we do head for Maryland for their late season, which starts later this month.
"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest" Paul Simon.