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Elk Ridge Game Farm is owned and operated by Dennis and Terri Courtad of Bucyrus, Ohio.  After graduating from Ohio State University in 1978 with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Dennis has been associated with the game bird industry.  He is a member of the North American Gamebird Association.

Elk Ridge has been in operation as a game farm since 1981, starting small and expanding every year because of raising a top quality bird.  Current annual production is 75,000 pheasants.  These birds are sold throughout the Midwest to other hunt clubs, field trials and sportsmen clubs and individuals for hunting and stocking.

In 2001, Dennis and Terri decided to provide upland bird hunting as well by purchasing an adjacent farm to their current one and leasing another.  All told, over 400 acres of excellent hunting habitat are provided.  This consists of a mixture of big and little bluestem, indian grass, switchgrass and food plots of sorghum.  A mixture of hardwoods and windbreaks separates the hunting areas.  This is ideal for pheasant, hungarian partridge and chukar partridge hunting.  Other birds can be available by reserving far enough ahead of the hunt date.

Elk Ridge Game Farm provides guided hunts or you are welcome to bring your own dogs.  With guided hunts, a guide and dogs are furnished to ensure you have a quality hunt every time. 

After the hunt, take some time to relax and unwind in the 38 foot by 48 foot Clubhouse.  If requested, light lunches are available (donation only).  Birds can also be cleaned and bagged for the trip home upon request.

Dennis is also President of the local Crawford County Pheasants Forever chapter.  Pheasants Forever works with local landowners to restore natural habitat by taking care of the cost of the seed for special nesting grasses and planting the seed.  The local Pheasants Forever chapter also hosts a number of events and sponsors an annual Youth Pheasant Hunt at Elk Ridge.

There are no membership fees and all hunts are booked on a daily basis. The Elk Ridge hunting season runs from September 1st to April 1st, 7 days a week.  There are two hunts each day; a morning hunt (8:30 AM - 12:00 noon) and an afternoon hunt (1:00 PM - 4:30 PM).
 

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Various warm season grasses in the hunting grounds
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