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Superior resident achieves first Upland Slam in 2020


November 19, 2020

Payne Ahrens shows off one of the four birds he bagged to complete the Upland Slam. The slam is sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks commission, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. Ahrens hunted with one of his two German Shorthaired Pointers and used a 20-gauge shotgun to bag a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie chicken and northern bobwhite quail to complete the slam. Three of the birds were taken in Nuckolls County and the grouse was taken in North-Central Nebraska.

Payne Ahrens used his job as a farm hand to his advantage before last month's upland bird season opener.

While harvesting corn for his employer, Danny Corman, the Superior man also was scouting for his hunt. This paid off as he found the ground and, on opening morning, Saturday Oct. 31, the birds. As a result, he became the first hunter to complete 2020 Nebraska Upland Slam.

The challenge of the Upland Slam, a partnership among the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, is to harvest a ring-necked pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater prairie-chicken and...

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