Kansas Upland Birds
Wild Pheasant and Bobwhite Quail
A father and son, no dog, Kansas pheasant hunt.
Kansas quail limit for one.
Kansas upland bird hunting through Mid-America Hunting Association gives the do it yourself upland bird hunter that has his own bird dogs more Kansas private hunting lease land for wild quail and pheasant than any other upland bird hunting opportunity.
A bold statement we can back up.
Two key elements allows us to advertise the wild pheasant and quail hunts we have to offer. The first is that we are bird hunters ourselves and second we are running a business that seeks returning hunters for seasons to come. This is opposed to a hunting club or preserve where clients are secured by amenities as a lodge, special meals and atmosphere.
All we offer is private land to hunt, a local lodging listing and our personal recommendations to get the hunter where he needs to park his truck, step out and hunt.
We first talk by telephone to ensure the applicant knows clearly what it is we offer and we check to see if we can work together.
The discussion will be based on the rules for the primary and secondary hunt discipline of the applicant. If we agree we can work together then it is a matter of payment by check or credit card, sending in the signed release of liability form and we respond with the identification card that will serve as hunt with written permission requirement, vehicle marker and the welcome letter composed of two key parts. The first is the member's only telephone number to make reservations to hunt and the second is the pass word protected web site instructions to access the current hunting lease maps.
Once the new member has the maps in his hands it is a lot easier to talk about where to go for what he is after. The new member will be able to look at the same map as we are when we talk on the telephone making plans for his first upland bird hunting trip.
Listed by county name and acreage within that county.
Kansas Upland Bird Habitat
Tall grass for pheasant hunting.
Tall prairie grass looks deceptive in this panoramic picture. The grass averages 5 feet in height with thin areas at 3 or less feet and in the lower drainage's growing up to 7 feet. Prime pheasant cover throughout and only incidental quail coveys to be found along its edges.
Crop edge for Bobwhite Quail.
A close up of some of eastern Kansas's quail habitat. A long running creek bottom through a bean field found more in central and eastern Kansas where the rainfall is greater. The grass strip is part of the renewed interest in the buffer strip program and certainly makes our upland bird hunting better.
Most bird hunting web sites show happy hunters with lots of birds presented well before dark. We too show those pictures throughout the web site and more. Our service may be private upland bird hunting land access, our product is the right upland bird habitat in the right region of Kansas that is capable of reproduction of wild pheasant and quail. These pictures are each just a snap shot of what that habitat is.
In terms of Kansas bird hunting the hunter will have choices of where to bird hunt based on habitat preference of tall grass, brushy draw and crop edge as well as choice of upland bird of choice between wild Bobwhite Quail and pheasant hunting.
The best starting advice has been split between two thoughts. The first is a tour for the first trip and the second is a concentrated approach.
The tour approach is to try several different regions of Kansas habitat that does vary by location with in the state. Some localities offer quail only, others a mixed bag hunt and still others will be pheasant predominate. The idea is for the new member to try all of these three basic regions on his first trip to see which if any more suits his dog power and habitat preferences. Once that preference is established subsequent trips start within that locality and remain their or expand out later for variety.
The second approach of concentrating all available time on a specific habitat type or bird of preference seems to be more suited for the seasoned upland bird hunter that more seeks dog work specific to a bird rather than variety of different habitat.
The concentrated approach is to secure from us recommendations specific to bird and habitat preference, travel to hunt that locality and continue to hunt that locality for the reminder of the season slowly growing from the base area outward to the reaches of those specifications.
A word of caution is due at this point that MAHA does manage hunter pressure to ensure no one area receives an inordinate amount of hunter days.
The hunter on the concentrated bird hunt approach most likely will begin each trip on familiar ground and add to his knowledge of the local bird hunting through exploring new ground during the latter half of any hunt.
It is no small thing that we manage our upland bird hunting in Kansas and elsewhere to prohibit public hunting lands mentality.
Hunters come to our organization to avoid the public lands hunter seeking specifically un-pressured private land bird hunts. We understand that and manage hunter pressure by assigning "upland bird hunting units" per hunter per day and the units separate hunters as well as prevent too many consecutive hunting days per unit.
We further prevent pre season dog work, commercial training, camping, off road access and on and on as what we offer are hunts of wild quail and pheasant for the do it yourself hunter that has the wherewithal, equipment and dogs to execute his own hunts. It is that simple and we do not allow any other freelancing on the leases.
If what we have described here is what the hunter seeks then we should talk some more. If not do not waste our time.
A recurring request from applicants is to seek a lower upland bird hunting cost though limiting hunts to one state or locality or bird stating we offer more acreage than they can hunt and they do not believe they should pay for what they will not use.
Let us be realistic. Take the cost of the annual membership and apply that to just a single hunting week and to the land that will be covered and break that cost down.
An illustration will be one hunter with two dogs will hunt about 400 acres in a full day. To have that 400 acres of habitat within the great plains where agriculture is king probably requires leasing anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 gross acres. For sake of this example lets keep the numbers easy and say each hunter will walk on 400 acres of leases that include a total of a 1,000 acre lease. That same hunter will travel out one day, typically a Saturday, hunt that first Sunday through the week to the subsequent Saturday and travel home the second Sunday. Under our system that one hunter hunted 2,800 acres (400/day for 7 days) that was part of 7,000 acres of leases. Now take a cost of $1 per acre for lease and that hunter hunted $7,000 worth of lease land on one trip. Compare that cost to our annual membership and it is clearly cheaper to pay our membership fee than pay for the lease land. And, have that lease land within several upland bird regions allowing hunting variety of quail and pheasant as well as habitat.
The rest of the story of having only one type of season long membership covering all states and all leases is that it keeps our administration much simpler and less costly to maintain.
More Than A Hunt
Our trip to [location deleted] this year had the added pleasure of taking our son Josh (10-years old). He was up early and eager to get started. However, the birds were not eager to be found. We covered quite a bit of territory and had only managed to find one small covey of quail. We had flushed 25-30 pheasants, but most were not in gun range. We were not sure if it was the windy conditions or the fact pheasant season opened a week early this year. I have to admit that we were a little concerned about the bird population at the end of the first day.
Outlook improved considerably on the second day. We found three coveys and Josh was able to take his first wild quail and his first pheasant. Then, on the next day, we found four coveys and several pheasants. Josh and I had killed 2 pheasants each and teamed up on another. Josh was excited at the thought of possibly getting a limit on his first trip, but came up just short.
Day 4 was one of the highlights of the trip. We managed to find a record tying 7 coveys in one day. It seemed that every field we visited had a covey near where we parked just waiting for our arrival. We were literally in birds from morning until dark finding coveys and working singles. It’s funny how your feet don’t hurt as much when you are chasing after birds instead of just walking and hoping for the dogs to find something.
The fifth day brought high winds (25-30 mph) and tougher conditions. No matter how many trips we make to [location deleted], I'm not sure we'll ever get used to the windy days. Being from WV, we rarely ever have the wind that seems so common in [location deleted]. While it was an added experience for Josh, we didn't push too hard and took more than our usual amount of breaks and called it a day earlier than usual. The tally for the day was 2 coveys and only one pheasant and 2 quail to be cleaned.
The final day was the other highlight of the trip and perhaps our best final day of any of our trips. We found 5 coveys, but the highlight was all the singles that the dogs managed to locate. John manned the camera and we got some great footage of Josh going after one single after another. We had 10-12 singles on one covey alone that was perhaps the largest covey of birds we've ever found. It turned into over 1 hour of some great points and backs as well as the emptying of just about every shell that we'd carried with us into the field. While not many were taken, it was a memory that Josh, nor John or I, will not soon forget.
John took it easy on the birds this year and Josh and I did most of the shooting. We tallied 22 coveys in about 5 ½ days of hunting and bagged 14 pheasants. John seemed to enjoy watching the two of us go at it and getting some good pictures and video footage.
This makes our 8th year with the club. We didn't find as many birds as we have in some of the past years. We didn't come close to our records of kills. But, we'll likely remember this trip more than any past trip because we now have a third hunting partner with which to make and recall the memories.
WV Hunting Partners, John, Karen and Josh
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