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The value of these Kansas Pheasant Hunter Field Shots is the background cover as seen from at the truck parked by the road. The background cover looks non-existent. This illustrates how that first season Kansas hunting will be tougher due to having to cover the ground by foot to see what is there.
And, Kansas hunting has quail and sometimes more quail are harvested on one spot than pheasant.
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“Only spot hunted [arrival day]…Gloomy cool mid-season afternoon. We were crossing the waterway to the grass when the first covey was pointed by the pup. The singles kept us busy. At the grass we hit the second covey. The singles ran us enough we were ready to head back. Then the first pheasant was pointed. That took us deeper into the grass for hen points that gave us enough hunt. Back at the truck an hour or so before dark and ready for dinner…
day two [on the same hunting trip as above]…I have not shot a limit in a day for some time….just do not hunt that hard anymore…”
The diversity of Kansas hunting is bird and cover.
We offer this section as a contrast to any experience the reader may have.
Most that read this web site are interested in Kansas pheasant hunting. Quail hunters are a minority.
The pheasant hunter includes those without dogs, flushing and pointing dog hunters. Kansas quail hunters for many reason inclusive of the longer training requirement for pointing dogs, quail a tougher hunt due to shot opportunity and cover all keep quail hunter numbers down. Pheasant hunts on the other hand requires no dog, offers high flat flying targets in open sky’s.
Quail shot opportunity is lower due to their ground loving nature. Any covey or singles flush will quickly seek return to ground cover offering a brief instance for a shot. This increased over pheasant shooting frustration is enough to keep many hunting for pheasant.
Kansas quail hunting is also tougher than pheasant due to woody cover often blocking many shots. Pheasants on the other hand occupy open grass lands where any in range not bagged should be a source for humor.
Long Description To A Short Kansas Pheasant Hunting Answer
Regardless of any one’s hunting orientation what Kansas hunting has is diversity. All may be hunting wild pheasant and quail regardless of dog breed. Flushing/retrieving dog hunters weigh towards pheasants. Pointing dog hunters commonly comment their preference swings both ways.
Through Mid-America Hunting Association each hunter will have flexibility of when and where to go hunting.
A Kansas hunting picture series follows intended to show just how large the pheasant habitat is. Plus why to change hunting locations.
The two pictures below are of a dog on point during a late December pheasant hunt. The discussing that follows the pictures will be elementary to some and unique to many that travel to Kansas.
This is day two after a wind driven wet snowfall of about 10 inches laid down the tall grass. Bent over grass weighed down with the snow made for some very hard walking. One field burned an entire day’s energy.
Below same day, different field, one hour’s drive away. Getting out of the snow can reinvigorate the hunting desire. All it took was knowledge of that morning’s weather forecast showing the snow line and a call to the office to change reservations.
For locals knowledge of the snow line is as common as any precipitation forecast. For many traveling upland bird hunters from no snow or all winter long snow ground accumulation states an understanding of how snow is in the central midwest is an unknown.
Within our pheasant region irregularly throughout the winter there will be snow covered and brown ground (meaning no snow) somewhere during the hunting season. That snow line presentation is common each evening and morning weatherman reporting. Paying attention to if wanting or not wanting to be hunting in snow gives more definition to where to hunt.
There is a lot more field than a camera can capture. If planning to hunt the entire field will leave the hunter with much walking. After some experience with the native grass both hunter and dog will seek out the higher probability holding spots based on grass height, thickness, wind direction, proximity to row crop and avoidance of tree. One point on wind is that a 10 MPH wind is helpful spreading the scent cone through the grass.
The above goes that the first hunt and the first season will be the worst for the Association hunter. Learning all these hunting permeation’s increases the dog on wild bird action over time. No one hunter gets it all right the first several trials.