By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-LargeSince the demise of our sister publication
The Bird Hunting Report, we have received an ever-increasing number of hunt reports about game birds. That's not surprising, since many of our subscribers regularly include a western or international bird hunt in their hunting travels. As many bird seasons across North America begin this month, we asked Editor-at-Large Mike Bodenchuk to take a look at where western bird hunting might be the best in the 2017 season. Here's his assessment.
Though forest grouse have predictable cycles, western game bird populations fluctuate based on weather. Western upland game birds are a passion for many hunters and a season would not be complete without one or more trips afield. Upland bird hunts can be combined with a big game trip or planned as a separate adventure, but bird populations can vary widely in any one year depending on the severity of the winter and the timing of rainfall. Populations can double in a single season, but they can drop dramatically just as quickly.
Although predictions, including mine, are based on both biological factors and practical experience, remember that statewide or regional predictions may not apply to a particular habitat....