Hunters have always been wildlife habitat’s strongest advocates, wildlife’s staunchest allies, and publicly accessible lands’ steadiest supporters. The world needs more hunter-conservationists, and specifically more upland bird hunters — lovers of pheasants, quail, prairie grouse and more, and defenders of the wild places these magnificent birds call home. The world also needs more pathways to becoming a hunter or taking up hunting again. That’s what Path to the Uplands is all about. Turn to this one-stop content shop for expert help with your journey into — or back to — upland bird hunting.



Latest Stories


Excited to Return to Sioux Falls - 1/31/2024

Chef, food writer, and outdoorsman Hank Shaw returns to National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic.

Find Your Path the Uplands - 1/19/2024

Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic stage inspires attendees to live the upland lifestyle.

Podcast Ep. 224: How to Hunt Upland Birds Video Series Unveiled - 8/2/2023

Learn about the organization’s brand new and FREE online educational video series.

Five Years of NAVHDA - 2/28/2023

Joining a community, building a better bird dog.

On Long Walks With New Friends - 1/18/2023

The rewards of taking chances.

Path to the Uplands Stage - 12/26/2022

Influential Speakers Share Their “Path to the Uplands” at the 2023 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic.

Lessons from a Newbie - 12/22/2022

Everyone was a beginner once.

Next Generation of Forever: Part Two - 12/8/2022

Throughout this fall and winter we’ll be celebrating select up-and-coming young volunteers from throughout the country who truly represent the future of our organizations.

Next Generation of Forever: Part One - 10/25/2022

Throughout this fall and winter we’ll be celebrating select up-and-coming young volunteers from throughout the country who truly represent the future of our organizations.

Ripples - 9/1/2022

A short film about finding community in the uplands, and the profound difference one person can make, just by putting positivity into the world.

How To Be An Effective Mentor - 8/30/2022

Traditionally, mentoring has been a relationship between parent and child. This form of mentoring can be very effective in creating and retaining a hunter, however, that does not mean other forms of mentoring cannot be as effective

Podcast Ep. 157: A Path to the Uplands Through Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic - 3/9/2022

Hear about the evolution of PF & QF national partner ALPS OutdoorZ, plus get the scoop on the organization's Path to the Uplands Stage at 2022 Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic.

Find Your Own “Path to the Uplands” at Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic - 2/11/2022

Visit this dynamic seminar stage to become, or become a better, upland bird hunter.

How to Clean Your Upland Game Bird - 1/27/2022

Four step-by-step guides to upland bird cleaning. 

Podcast Ep. 152: Tips for Late Season Quail Hunting Success - 1/26/2022

Tips and tactics for locating birds that have been pressured all season, including food and cover attributes to identify.

A Two-Way Path - 1/5/2022

It takes two people to build a bird hunter, our Hunting Mentor and Mentee Handbooks detail secrets for success from both sides of the relationship.

Podcast Ep. 149: Tips for Late Season Pheasant Hunting Success - 1/5/2022

Try these tips for finding and hunting late season roosters.

The Path to Late Season Pheasant Hunting Success - 12/29/2021

Habitat, mindset and mechanics: How to shoot a wary wintertime rooster.

WATCH: Simplicity in Upland Cooking - Nashville Hot Quail - 12/14/2021

Try this tasty Nashville Hot Quail that just might be the perfect finger food.

WATCH: Simplicity in Upland Cooking - Pheasant Paillard - 12/14/2021

Learn to prepare mouthwatering pheasant paillard and kale – and yes, even Kale can be prepared in a way that will have people coming back for seconds.

E-Scouting Strategies Part 2: Strategies by Season - 10/29/2021

What to look for changes as the season progresses. Here’s how to do it.

The Art of the Ask - 10/19/2021

How to Gain Hunting Access to Private Land: It’s Not As Hard as You Think.

Podcast Ep. 136: Recognizing Prime Pheasant Habitat - 9/29/2021

Breaking down how to identify quality pheasant hunting habitat by focusing on grass, grain, and winter cover.

Become a Better Wing shooter - Featuring CZ-USA’s David Miller - 9/14/2021

With the help of CZ-USA’s Shotgun Product Manager and resident “Clay Killer” David Miller, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever want to help you “Become a Better Wing Shooter” by providing tips and tricks on how to utilize sporting clays courses and trap fields to mimic real-world upland hunting scenarios.

Identifying Prime Pheasant Habitat for Hunting - 9/10/2021

Look for these 3 habitat components when seeking a good place to hunt pheasants.

Don't Fear the Gear - 9/1/2021

How to build your own upland hunting kit.

Top 5 Tips for Public Land Upland Hunting - 8/20/2021

Improve your success when hunting public lands this fall.

Podcast Ep. 130: Chasing Chukar, Mountain Quail, and Ptarmigan as a New Hunter - 8/19/2021

An upland journey that started in pursuit of chukar, progressed to mountain quail, and now features ptarmigan in Alaska.

Fitness and Focus in the Uplands - 7/30/2021

The health benefits of a life spent chasing feathers. 

Podcast Ep. 126: Finding Peace in the Uplands After Returning from War - 7/14/2021

Listen to how a hard-charging veteran found peace in a bird dog and upland hunting after returning to the United States from war overseas.

Finding Solace in the Outdoors - 7/14/2021

One hunter's story on finding peace in the uplands.

WATCH: Bird Hunting Ballistics - Shotgun Shells Demystified - 6/30/2021

Whether your primary goal is to break some clays or go upland hunting, this video will walk you through how to pick out the perfect shells for your intended use.

A Father’s Day Message: Nurture by Nature - 6/17/2021

A son's first hero, a daughter's first love, and how the outdoors unites them all.

Summertime in the Uplands - 6/10/2021

Experiencing summer in the grasslands.

Late Season with the Ladies - 6/2/2021

Late season South Dakota pheasant hunt with a group of friends.

Choosing a Shotgun Action: Pump - 5/27/2021

The case for a pump as the ideal upland shotgun.

A City Full Of Enrichment for a Young Gun Dog - 5/26/2021

New puppy, new town, new lessons, new life: Tackling it all together.

Choosing a Shotgun Action: Over-Under - 5/25/2021

An upland classic shotgun: the Over-Unders

Choosing a Shotgun Action: Semiautomatic - 5/12/2021

The case for a semiautomatic as the ideal upland shotgun. 

Choosing a Shotgun Action: Side-by-Side - 5/5/2021

The case for a side-by-side as the ideal upland shotgun. 

Choosing the Correct E-Collar - 5/4/2021

Unpack some of the mystery and complexity involved in choosing the correct e-collar for your bird dog with SportDOG Brand Sr. ProStaff member Tom Dokken.

Podcast Ep. 114: A Love Story that Starts with a Bird Dog - 4/26/2021

Learn about Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s partnership with the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA), plus hear how Amanda & Andy Doak fell in love through a mutual affiliation with NAVHDA.

Bird Dog in the City - 4/6/2021

Raising and training a bird dog in an urban environment presents its own set of challenges and rewards.

Starting Them Out - 3/24/2021

Helping new hunters find their path.

Shed Hunting - Nature's Hidden Gems - 3/9/2021

Nature's version of a treasure hunt is another perfect path to the uplands.

Podcast Ep. 105: Announcing the New Path to the Uplands Content Series - 2/23/2021

This brand new content series will engage and entertain anyone interested in exploring the uplands.

Your Path to Becoming an Upland Bird Hunter - 2/18/2021

7 reasons to become an upland bird hunter … and one "Path to the Uplands" promise to help you make the journey.

To Make a Pheasant Hunter - 10/5/2020

Turning pages, passing it on.

Podcast Ep. 45: Falling in Love with Bird Hunting as an Adult - 9/16/2019

A group of adult-onset hunters join host Bob St. Pierre to talk about what brought them to the world of bird hunting. The conversation runs the gamut from the struggle of taking an animal's life for the first time, to learning hunting regulations, finding proper gear and much more.