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ID – HUNTING – Upland bird hunting opportunities stretch through the end of January

Chukar, gray partridge and quail hunting can be great in the early winter, and here are some things to consider for winter hunts. By the time winter rolls around in Idaho, many of the state’s hunting seasons have closed, but for hunters who aren’t quite ready to pack it in for the year, early winter can be an excellent time to hunt for upland birds, particularly chukar, quail and gray (Hungarian) partridge. “Idaho offers a diversity of upland game bird hunting opportunities on millions of acres of public land,” said Jeff Knetter, upland game bird program manager. “Seasons in parts of the state stretch through the end of January, and hunters willing to make the effort often find good success.” Hunting for birds in the early winter isn’t much different than hunting them earlier in the year, and all you really need to hunt comfortably in the winter are a pair of warm boots, a shotgun, and appropriate layers, but there some other things hunters should keep in mind when extending their hunting season. Don’t forget to buy your new license. Annual licenses expire on Dec. 31, so if you are planning on doing some upland hunting in January, you’ll need a new annual hunting license before heading out. Hunting seasons for chukar, Hungarian partridge and quail have been open since mid-September, so by late December and early January, birds have likely experienced some hunting pressure. Couple that with winter conditions and the potential for crunchy snow, and hunters should be prepared for birds to flush wildly, or at longer distances.  [full article]

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