Kansas Pheasant Hunting Protective Cover
Sometimes Too Much
About As Bad As Kansas Pheasant Hunting Season Winter Snow Gets
Last week in January Kansas hunting. Drifts, not overall ground accumulation is the snow seen.
The dog remains steady to flush. He can be seen at the center- right. This is a medium to low quality native grass. The hunter's knee at the highest grass level shows this. Pasture to the far ground and milo to the rear. All our self guided upland bird hunts are over private land grain farms. This hunt is deep in the middle of winter and a clear blue sky day making it feel warmer than it was. Even with the cold it is rarely too cold to hunt Kansas. A bad weather day is far more likely due to high winds, not cold temperatures.
Dogs on point showing common cover for where to hunt.
Dogs and Kansas Pheasants Hunting
Nothing new in this text. Just our coming to agreement about Kansas wild pheasants, dogs and self guided hunting.
The dog on point (above) is a valued pheasant hunter for his long standoff. Sometimes referred to as a dog that points first scent rather than strong scent (core scent v. cone fringe scent). A hunting dog that has a longer rather than a shorter standoff is assumed to be pointing fringe cone scent. That which is the earliest detected. This dog has typically an 8 to 12 foot point standoff on a single pheasant. That is all the more important when hunting thinner less likely to hold a pheasant for point grass seen in this picture. Dogs with less than 6 foot point standoff will more likely have blank points from running birds.
A backing dog is a great advantage. This continues with a dog that is steady to hunter flush and wild flush. Having that means more shot opportunity. Missing any one of these dog behaviors is all the difference required between good and bad hunting.
A dog that breaks point or a flusher that chases on any flush will likely further flush surrounding pheasants. And, do so without hunter shot opportunity. This reduces the hunting quality in terms of fewer points and hunter shot. Most that have some time in the field knows full well more birds are bypassed than are flushed or pointed. Lessen the disturbance to that field and the return walk to the truck will gain another point/flush or more.
A flush running dog will also find additional success at more wild flushes taking him well out of gun and bell/beeper collar range. The cause is that rarely is there just one bird in the immediate area when a dog points/flushes. Experienced hunters believe that for every point/flush there are more that run and fewer that wild flush. A flushing running dog will find a series of pheasants that if all are chased that hunter will be without a dog soon after entering the field.
Kansas Pheasant Hunting Over Native Grass Protective Cover
Two examples of pheasant holding Kansas grass. In each case with a dog on a single pheasant point.
The tall grass at right is a 160 acreage CRP field. It is heavy in early morning frost, no wind.
It takes three years for a planted CRP field to reach this hunting quality of height and thickness. It is common for first year CRP to show little cover value. Second year CRP quality is entirely dependent on soil and water quality. From the third year onwards the warm season grasses typically have the expansive deep roots structure to produce good to high hunting quality cover.
A Kansas filter strip (right) that ran the field edge and drainage's of a 240 acre grain field.
This dog is on a single pheasant point about 10 feet from the photographer. The rooster is on the cover edge. It is cold, the wind around 10MPH and the field dry. This is thin native grass
Lesser Quality Native Grass Kansas Hunting
Due to summer drought the lower hunting quality pheasant holding grass made for some longer days in the field. Each of these two pictures below are from best region the year the pictures were taken.
Some Kansas native grass fields grow with the tall grass in separate clumps, tough hunting. In this broken cover quality grass the pheasants will be prone to run more than hold for point. More so for a long running dog than a short run, soft working dog. And for those pheasant dogs with short versus long point standoff.
Thick and low, dog near center. About the lowest quality holding grass to hunt. This Kansas field during an average rain year holds plenty. This year it yielded two in the bag the one day it was hunted by this dog.