What is upland game?
Assuming one is speaking about hunting as opposed to a pastime concerning a city in California; Upland game is a phrase in hunting terminology. upland game refers to birds. It is an American term that (according to Wikipedia) specifically concerns non-water fowl game birds and mammals that are “hunted with pointing breeds” retrievers and flushing spaniels.
As this goes to press, upland game included a number of different birds including: Blue grouse, bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasant, doves, pigeons, snipe, ruffled grouse, chukar, wild turkey, sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, California quail, woodcock, ptarmigan, mountain quail, scaled quail and prairie chicken. Some states, such as Maryland, also presently list crow and cottontail rabbit as upland game as well. In Texas, for example, they also include squirrel, teal, geese, sandhill cranes, Rio Grande turkey, all rabbits and pheasants, all migratory game birds and furbearing mammals in general including all kinds of rabbits. In Nebraska hunters hunt deer at the same time.
In fact, when it comes to hunting any and all upland game the rules are not that different than when hunting any animals. All states have specific rules and regulations including but not limited to licensing and training of hunters, licensing of hunting dogs, specific hunting seasons, and specific limits regarding the maximum number of these animals a hunter may bag. While states may share commonalities, each state also has differences in laws as well. If one is interested in hunting upland game he or she may find further information on the internet or may even contact local gun clubs and hunting organizations.
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