If you’ve been hunting long, you understand that there is always more to learn and ways to become more successful. Check out these blogs and forums to learn what works for others and what you can do to become a better upland bird hunter, gun dog owner, and person.
Scott Linden Outdoors
This blog offers a little something for everyone. Linden writes short, beautifully crafted essays on upland hunting, hunting dogs, shotguns, flyfishing, and shooting clay targets. Scott offers up some tips and tricks from his years of upland experience, but this blog focuses more on the emotions and experiences that keep upland hunters coming back for more.
As the name suggests, this site is focused on everything upland bird hunting. Visitors will find profiles of 27 different upland game-birds, 32 breeds of bird dogs, a run down on which shotguns and loads are right for your hunting situation, as well as season dates, bag limits, and license fees for all 50 states.
Their blog posts stories about bird hunting, how to articles, and pieces about issues that effect upland game. On their forum, you can ask questions, pass your knowledge on to other hunters, or list a shotgun or bird dog in their classified section.
This site offers articles on upland news, gun dogs, shotguns, gear, recipes, and the upland style of living. If that’s not enough, they also have book reviews, a swap and trade section, and one of the web’s largest upland based forums with over 3000 registered members and countless guests and visitors.
Ruffed Grouse Society
The Ruffed Grouse Society’s website is loaded with valuable information for ruffed grouse and woodcock hunters. Visitors can learn the latest RGS news, view videos and woodcock migration charts, and read articles on all things grouse and woodcock hunting. You can also find information on joining RGS and helping to protect the traditions you hold dear.
Mouthful of Feathers
This blog focuses mainly on upland hunting in the western United States. The collection of hunting tales, opinionated and humorous essays, and breathtaking photos allows hunters to immerse themselves in the upland experience, even if they can’t make it afield. This is the perfect site to visit when you’re stuck in the office, but dreaming of hunting birds.
This site features a bulletin board forum where hunters can connect with other upland enthusiasts. They also provide descriptions of hunting properties that are for sale across the country. If you already own property, they offer habitat services including: planting food plots, wetland restoration, and controlled burning grassland restoration.
Pheasants Forever is working to conserve pheasants, quail and other wildlife. If ring-necked pheasants are your favorite upland bird, this is the site for you. You’ll find information on pheasant habitat, biology, and hunting. The blog is updated regularly with posts about pheasant hunting, gun dog training, and legislation and rule changes that effect pheasant populations across the country. Visitors can also learn where to find a local chapter and join Pheasants Forever.
Game Bird Hunts
This site also focuses on pheasants, but mainly on hunting them. They offer an extensive list of bird hunting preserves where you can give your dog a workout. There’s also a directory of sporting clays courses to keep your shooting sharp in the off season. Visitors can browse news items and recipes or upload a picture of their successful hunt.
Everything Gun Dog
As the name suggests, this blog focuses on our four legged hunting partners. The site offers tips on training your dog for the field and home, news related to upland and waterfowl hunting, and a store where you can purchase everything you need to make you and your dog’s time afield as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.
A niche site for a niche bird, but if you love chukar hunting, this is the place for you. Bob McMichael has filled the site with witty and insightful writing on chukar, chukar hunting, and bird dogs. This writing, along with videos, gear reviews, recipes, and tons of great photos make this a site worth visiting even if you don’t hunt chukar.