There was a time when a bird hunter could throw a dart at a map of the United States and land on some pretty good bird hunting opportunities. Sadly, continued habitat loss, changes in farming practices and epic drought have wreaked havoc on many upland bird populations.

The good news is that plenty of high-quality wild bird hunting still exists. Even better, those birds can be found on land open to public hunting. All you need is a good pair of boots, a straight-shooting shotgun and a sense of adventure. Here’s a look at eight great upland bird destinations you might not have known about.

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