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Mid-America Hunting Association
Kansas hunters will have more to select from in terms of wild pheasant habitat. The Kansas Pheasant hunting food variety of tall grass fields, brush draws and crop fields.
With this kind of choice the pheasant hunter is not left to one option to find the best fit for his dog power and hunting style. Where to get started hunting is always a concern.
Recommendations by the MAHA partners of where to hunt are derived from their own bird dog on the ground Kansas experience along with year round eyes in the field.
Hunters can trust these recommendations as the MAHA partners have the motivation of getting every hunter to renew their membership. They know well the hunter will only do so if the hunting is good.
Our self guided Kansas hunting will not disappoint the dog loving hunter. The opportunity to hunt wild quail on the same trip makes for an upland bird hunting experience that will bring most back.
The value we are trying to extend with what may appear to be an abundance of in-the-field Kansas hunting pictures is the protective cover and food source to look for. As best we can to calibrate the eye for where to pheasant hunt.
Native Grass Hunting
Many pheasant hunters will be highly motivated to walk high grass. It does hold pheasants. The consequence is it does after several hunting seasons becomes boring. A strength to the Association is the ability to break the routine. There are plenty of pheasants and quail to be hunted on terrain different than Kansas’ native grasslands.
Cut Crop Field Hunting
Weed patch in a cut wheat field, common Kansas hunting ground.
The thinner the protective cover and lighter the waste grain food source the more selective the dog power. Those that get pheasant points to hunter flush on this ground have top dogs.
Pheasant Holding Grass
Different dogs, different hunters showing different Kansas covers.
Runner tracking and dogs that retrieve will mean more in the bag.
All Dogs Welcome – Not All Hunters
The definition of what a good hunt is, is the variable. Not the Kansas land or the pheasants. Both are there in greater abundance than any hunter has hunt in him.
Hunters’ background experience base includes both good and bad assertions.
That prior experience is typically having been with public or knock-on-door private land. This land being erratic in its production based on hunter pressure and the hunter’s lack of knowledge of the land. Both of these points change within the Association.
Once having made the transition to the Association that hunter soon finds the ease of land access a motivation to hunt more. That more hunting does result in a higher rate of success.
This increased hunting time is compounded by the time the hunter previously used to find land access is now occupied by hunting. That further increases the bird in the bag count.
That higher harvest rates works to covering more ground and more bird action. Soon that hunter has worked through a good bit of land in a relatively small area finding the golden nugget spots. This grows into the expectation that each hunt thereafter and for seasons to come will produce many limit days. That is largely true – for a while.
Changes will occur. That change may be due to landowner death equals the loss of land. Or, variable weather patterns reduce reproduction survival in any one locality. Or, in the case of Kansas pheasant hunting the tall grass acreage that may have been the greatest golden nugget, limit out in a short walk spot is lost due to the CRP contract not being renewed. Any one hunter that banks on all his years to come on one area will eventually run into a bad season.
That reaction to the bad season is often that the Association’s land has gone bad, Kansas is no longer good or other characterization. These characterizations may be true for one small locality. However, the strength of the Association having land covering a wide rage of upland bird distribution means that while one area may have a low count there will be others where it has increased. In this case it is the hunter that needs to change.
That change is best begun at the beginning of a Kansas career. That change is not to spend all time and effort in one region. It is better to cover as many regions as possible. This allows the hunter flexibility to react to changing conditions in any one locality. Or, there is always good rooster numbers to be found every year. It may change from season to season just where that better Kansas hunting will be found.