Upland Slam

Hunters have long known that Nebraska is an upland bird hunter’s paradise — the mixed bag capital of the Great Plains — with diverse upland hunting opportunities, long seasons, great access to public lands, and high hunter satisfaction rates. This year, take advantage of Nebraska’s unique upland hunting opportunities by participating in the Upland Slam.

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The concept of the Nebraska Upland Slam is simple: harvest four birds — a sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie-chicken, ring-necked pheasant and northern bobwhite quail – in Nebraska and receive an official certificate, Nebraska Upland Slam pin and epic bragging rights. Additionally, all hunters who complete the slam during the 2022-2023 season will be registered to win one of several great prizes generously donated by Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever.

View official rules

How it works

First, buy your ticket to hunt all four species — your Nebraska hunt permit. After you harvest your first bird, create an account on our official entry page and submit a photo and details about your first bird. As you continue with other species, you can log back in to document your success.

Once you complete your slam for the 2022-2023 hunting season, you will receive an official pin and certificate.

Top Dog Certificate

We want to recognize your dogs, too! Once you’ve completed the slam, upload a photo of your hunting dog at work in the field to your slam entry submission form and receive an official “Top Dog” tag and certificate.

hunting dog with pheasant and Upland Slam logo


All hunters who submit at least one harvest to the Nebraska Upland Slam will be automatically entered into monthly drawings sponsored by Pheasants Forever. Resident hunters 15 or younger are encouraged to participate in the slam to be entered into a separate drawing for a Resident Youth Lifetime Hunt Permit. Each hunter who completes the slam will receive an official certificate, a pin and be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize: a Weatherby Orion 12-gauge shotgun. Second- and third-place prizes are a Traeger Town and Travel Ranger Series Wood Pellet Grill and a $200 SCHEELS gift card, respectively. The grand prize drawing will take place after the close of upland hunting seasons.

Upland Slam prize collage with prizes donated by Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Season Dates

Sharp-tailed grouse: Sept. 1, 2022 – Jan. 31, 2023
Greater prairie-chicken: Sept. 1, 2022 – Jan. 31, 2023
Ring-necked pheasant: Oct. 29, 2022 – Jan. 31, 2023
Northern bobwhite quail: Oct. 29, 2022 – Jan. 31, 2023

Other Resources

More information on Nebraska Upland Slam, including species information, range maps, trip planners, as well as links to guides, the Public Access Atlas and more, may be found on the Upland Slam species page.

Names of hunters who have successfully completed the Upland Slam are listed on the Upland Slam finishers page.

In 2018, KRVN 880 Rural Radio interviewed John Laux, Game and Parks Upland Habitat and Access Program Manager, to discuss the introduction of the Nebraska Upland Slam. John shared details on participation, hunter success stories, where to hunt on public lands and more.