Missouri Pheasant Hunting
Missouri pheasant hunting is best described as limited. Limited driven by Missouri's lack of pheasant habitat combined as being a fringe range of pheasant population distribution. Both a lack of tall grass habitat with low population density makes Missouri pheasant hunting a last choice amongst our Association's three state region. Kansas pheasant hunting being far superior of these three states.
Not much pheasant cover. Low population density. Two rooster bag limit.
Missouri is for quail hunting.
Go to Kansas for pheasant hunting. More cover, more roosters, 4 daily bag. Plus quail.
Missouri has been a long told story of attempting to enhance a species on fringe of its environmental limited inhabitation range. It has been a failure.
Missouri pheasant hunting development effort on part of Missouri's Department of Conservation has been admirable. Probably a losing battle in spite of their having increased where the state is open to pheasant hunting. An effort ramped up starting back in fall of 2005 upland bird season.
This effort with some advertising seemingly implies an increase in pheasant hunting quality. Reality is rather acquiesces in terms of lack of natural pheasant reproduction rendered all a lost cause.
Dividing Missouri into horizontal thirds its northern most part or upper 1/3 does have localized populations of huntable numbers of pheasants. Remaining Missouri regions have some birds in very small localities. Not sustainable, huntable densities. A bonus bird when quail hunting.
Ozark Mountain Range pushes up through central part of Missouri preventing large grass pheasant holding fields. What is prevalent in this region are hills with trees, a lot of both. This terrain prohibits field loving pheasants from having adequate reproduction habitat.
Missouri River that runs east to west from Kansas City to St. Louis and north flattens out. This area does have pheasants. Enough that a two bird per day limit is regularly achievable for those who have previous knowledge of better spots. Otherwise, any Missouri pheasant hunting is typically incidental to a quail hunt. Quail is Missouri's claim to upland bird hunting fame amongst local bird hunters and why most hunt this state.
As we are not limited to any driving distance to a lodge our self guided hunter approach makes all three states where we operate available to us. As such we have a comparative wide basis to provide recommendations of better areas for a hunt of choice. For pheasant hunting we have established that Missouri is not a state of choice leaving Iowa or Kansas within our three state region. That alone does not complete a comparative analysis.
In Iowa or Kansas there are various regions within each state with accompany variable levels of pheasant hunting quality. This knowledge of inter and intra state comparative base gives us wherewithal to make better recommendations of where better wild pheasant hunting will be.
Our motivation to make better recommendations comes from that we are a business. Not a hunting club. As a business with a return customer orientation we seek better hunting localities as means for better hunts. Or, insurance hunters will renew their memberships.
What Missouri pheasant hunting does have to offer for those traveling from east is a chance to break up the drive. A chance to work their dogs. On quail. By stopping off for a day walking Missouri's many small farm fields with plenty of soft edge habitat allows for some excellent quail hunts. An occasional pheasant mixed in just a small point of variety.
Those with bird dog power to run edge and cast many miles of stream and fence lines will have plenty of quail points to enjoy every day with their dogs. An occasional Missouri pheasant may be found, however for most days a 20 gauge with 3/4 ounce 8's makes for an easy day of shooting.
For those seeking good pheasant hunting pass on through Missouri to either Kansas or Iowa. Difference between these two states being more of habitat preference with accompanying pheasant numbers.
While Missouri does offer upland bird hunters a grand quail population those who seek better pheasant hunting will find brushy draws or tall grass in Iowa or Kansas.
We have private land lease for our exclusive use, recommendations of where to pheasant hunt, a local lodging listing. Or, minimum required elements to make a good upland bird hunt.
All do it yourself pheasant hunters have to do is:
Travel out here.
Buy a license.
Conduct his own self guided hunt.
It is that simple, that is for those who can walk, shoot, have dog power.