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Upland game bird

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Upland region vs. wetland vs. lacustrine zones

Upland game bird is an American term which refers to non-waterfowl game birds in groundcover-rich terrestrial ecosystems above wetlands and riparian zones (i.e. "uplands"), which are commonly hunted with gun dogs (pointing breeds, flushing spaniels and retrievers).[1][2]

United States


As of 2013 the population of upland game birds such as pheasants had been falling in agricultural states such as Iowa where increased commodity prices for crops such as corn had resulted in reductions in game habitat in acreage set aside in the Conservation Reserve Program. A significant reduction in the number of hunters over the previous 20 years was also reported.[3]

State laws


At least ten states have passed laws wherein there is a definition of "upland game" giving a list of species. These lists are not at all the same, and some of them contain non-avian species. These species are always listed by common name instead of by scientific name thus in some cases it is difficult to tell what actual species the law designates without other information. The following species appear on one or more state lists of "upland game."[4]

List of game birds


List of non-avian upland game



  1. ^ "ODFW Upland Game Bird Species". www.dfw.state.or.us.
  2. ^ "Birds".
  3. ^ John Eligon (December 31, 2012). "As Pheasants Disappear, Hunters in Iowa Follow". The New York Times. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Upland Game Definition". Law Insider. Law Insider Inc. Retrieved 11 November 2022.