Pheasantblog.org recently released its list of the 25 Best Bird Hunting Towns in America. The list stretches from Alabama to Alaska and primarily features towns in the Midwest. While last year's list was predominantly focused on where to find the best pheasant hunting, this year's list also included multiple species of quail, prairie grouse and some forest birds.
"The main criterion was to emphasize areas capable of providing multiple species, along with destinations most-welcoming to bird hunters," reads Pheasantblog.com. "In other words, there were bonus points awarded for 'mixed bag' opportunities and neon signs 'welcoming bird hunters' in this year's analysis. We also avoided re-listing last year's 25 towns, so what you now have is a good bucket list of 50 destinations for the traveling wingshooter!"
The No. 1 town for bird hunting was Pierre, S.D. A number of towns on the list are in South Dakota, but Pierre is at the top as it is home to Fort Pierre National Grassland, a bird hunter's paradise.
Range Management Specialist Darrin Jons, told the Capital Journal that they try to rest at least 11,600 acres a year, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the total acreage at Fort Pierre. Resting done to provide grazing areas for the birds to mate and raise broods.
While the area is ripe for bird hunting, that's not the only reason it was named No.1. It also features a mixed bag of birds to hunt.
Anthony Hauck, the online editor for Pheasants Forever who compiled the rankings, told the news source that within an hour drive of Pierre a hunter can bag a sharp-tailed grouse, prairie chicken, Hungarian partridge and a pheasant.
The other best bird hunting towns include Lewistown, Mont.; Hettinger, N.D.; Huron, S.D.; Valentine, Neb.; White Bird, Idaho; Heppner, Ore.; Winnemucca, Nev.; Albany, Ga.; Milaca, Minnesota; Sonoita, Ariz.; Abilene, Kan.; Eureka, S.D.; Wing, N.D.; Redfield, S.D.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Park Falls, Wisc.; Iron River, Mich.; Lander, Wyo.; Miles City, Mont.; Spirit Lake, Iowa; Holyoke, Colo.; Barstow, Calif. and Anchorage, Alaska.