Kansas Pheasant Hunting Continued
Kansas pheasant hunting is plentiful. Too plentiful to hunt it all. Hunters will find how to select from a field of hundreds of acres down to tens of acres of where to hunt. Where not to. All based on cover, crop, wind, dog work, or pheasants seen. Adventure of a self guided pheasant hunt.
Kansas pheasant hunters are well familiar with tall grass pheasant hunting. Other cover includes brushy draws, crop stubble of milo or corn being enough to hold birds. Kansas with its cut wheat with weeds mixed in also a highly productive habitat. However, working all of these habitat types will not always be productive. Just as in tall grass, dog power is often defined as to what habitat type any one particular dog can produce pheasant holding points or close flushes.
No better proof of pheasant holding cover.
We have a great amount of exposure to a lot of pheasant hunters from various states. This exposure value comes through in hunters' feedback based on habitat type or predominate upland bird hunted back in their home state. In short terms what we have found from these hunters are those with grouse productive dogs seem to do well at finding pheasants. Those with dogs heavily trained or hunted on quail do not produce nearly a satisfactory number of pheasant holding points.
This compares locally to most Kansas hunters with good quail dogs rarely pheasant hunt. Any pheasants bagged by dedicated quail hunters more often are incidental to quail hunting. A byproduct while accepted, is not sought. The idea centers on the more dog action capable through quail hunting outstrips any gained by pheasants. Additive is our larger quail hunting range extending deep into Missouri. A case of population densities over a larger area gives more insulation to seasonal weather effects degrading any one locality's reproduction success.
Conversely, non-resident upland bird dog hunters with whatever predominate upland bird they have in training or what bird they hunt most, may be a poor pheasant point producer. More so within one type of habitat over another. Regardless of it being grass or crop stubble. Such a dog may be a superior pheasant hold to point dog in brushy draws or crop edge. All which leads us to widely accepted advice to new traveling to upland bird hunt hunters. Advice is to take a bit of a tour of our pheasant or quail regions in Kansas or Iowa. A tour will show where to spend time on any particularly cover.
Average hunters of family pets. A Kansas daily limit.
When first year MAHA self guided upland bird hunters goes on their first Kansas hunting trip we will recommend where based first on his bird of choice, pheasant or quail, second on any habitat preference.
Usually first time Kansas hunters while knowing what he wants to hunt does not have a preference on habitat. Many times we suggest a tour of various cover types. Experiencing a range of what is available, a choice Kansas is well suited to satisfy.
Within any first Kansas pheasant hunting trip, some may very well fine tune their bird dog or hunting style to pheasant cover they find they are most productive within. Kansas pheasant hunting choices are tall prairie grass, brush draws with a variety of wildlife areas around crop farms.
An aspect of our approach Kansas pheasant hunting is oriented toward do it yourself hunters as they are more likely interested in a pheasant hunt itself. Rather than a collection of birds.
No limits to be expected every day. Wild pheasant hunting variables are too diverse to have narrow expectation.
Beyond dog power, shooting skills and willingness to walk is wind, temperature (hot or cold), plus exploring new land. Any one hunter who arrives at even just a quarter section, 160 acres, of native grass will have to hunt all of it to find one or, if lucky two, golden nugget spots. Subsequent trips back any walk/hunt will likely be half of his first. Many find this new land effect as part of a desired adventure. A challenge of getting it more right then wrong on spots never before hunted. An action which will cut bag limits must be accepted. So once again, it comes down to what is sought. If bag counts are important go to a preserve. If wanting a real hunt, or what is available through our group.
Early on in this article we wrote Kansas was our pheasant hunting state of choice over Iowa. We will now further define our Kansas pheasant hunting recommendation within a framework of decision criteria.
Kansas State is superior in terms of higher wild pheasant population densities, more mild winter temperatures, a lot less snow over a wider range of pheasant holding habitat types.
Prime pheasant habitat is tall grass. Those who hunt native grass usually find a day or two is enough. Its required extra physical exertion combined with cover type monotony will soon cause Kansas pheasant hunters to seek variety. Even in spite of pheasant numbers to be seen.
Brushy draws with quail opportunity in addition to pheasants becomes attractive. Easy to walk crop stubble all start to seem far more attractive adding enjoyment to any hunt. Combine these advantages to broad, shallow, generally tree-less drainage's making Kansas a more favored pheasant state.
Kansas Pheasant Land
We show as many Kansas land pictures as we can of where to go pheasant hunting. An attempt to remove as much mystery of what land is better Kansas pheasant hunting. As best as pictures can. After looking at many, nuances not before seen begin to become evident.
What we call a waterway. Or, dry field drainage seen in picture center.
Waterways are required as rain runoff control. On soil with a tendency of immediate surface saturation. A resistance to taking on more saturation causing rain to flow over fields making erosion. Waterways collect excess water. They are not cut in all cases being left to nature allowing higher grasses/weeds. Waterways which are cut typically are planted in brome, a cool season grass with high pioneering capability making a very fine hay. Land with brome waterways get little attention form us. Those with cover gain a better price.
In case of this spot it appears more likely a pheasant than quail cover spot. Due to plenty of open field grass/weed mixes as well as low level brush cover. Yellow looking fields are beans. Near cut crop is sunflower (found more frequently in Kansas than Iowa). Green grass is a fescue hay field.