Bringing home a mixed bag: Hunting multiple upland game bird species

A male pheasant takes flight over an Eastern Washington farm field.
When it comes to hunting multiple species of upland game birds, pheasant can overlap with quail where farming areas are next to thickets along a water source. When hunting pheasant, you can also encounter gray partridges.

The likely combos

Hunting tips

Where to go

Three gray partridge look around warily in a farm field.
Another combination that can be encountered when upland game bird hunting is gray partridge overlapping with chukar, as well as some pheasant and quail.
Two harvested ruffed grouse are seen next to lobster mushrooms.
A little multitasking went a long way on this Olympic Peninsula grouse hunt that also saw some lobster mushrooms picked along the way. A blue grouse later joined this pair of ruffed grouse to make a multi-species hunt combined with mushroom hunting. (Michael Foster/WDFW)
Chanterelles are seen collected on a mossy forest floor amid grouse hunting gear.
Keeping a watchful eye while grouse hunting and scouting for elk sign yielded a frying pan’s worth of chanterelles during an afternoon outing this fall in the Hoh River Valley. (Michael Foster/WDFW)

A real mixed bag

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