Kansas Pheasant Hunting - Grass and Crops
Too Much Private Land To Hunt
Kansas fields are large. The larger the better for holding pheasants. Small fields of the best protective cover are often void of pheasants. Especially where trees are included. Hunting every bit of the best large fields will reduce those 3 to 4 stops per day down to 2. Unless that hunter has running shoes and great land speed. Quickly being able to scan a field then update that image as the hunt progresses reduces the largest fields to concentrated cover and food areas.
Further efficiencies are required. To hunt our tall grass without a beeper collar is futile. Bells simply do not suffice and make too much noise for effective hunts. This is a bird that reacts to sound pressure. Bells in what is otherwise a tranquilly quiet environment will put all on alert. The more time in field will show that pheasants more so than quail react to proximity, noise and visual pressure. A lot of this is wrapped up in the common comments that late season pheasants are wise to hunter pressure. Those with the top dogs will say otherwise.
Cover and Food Both required For Kansas Pheasant Hunting
This native grass Kansas picture at right is just a good representation of the tall grass height within a field. The neighboring crop field that completes the better spots.
Not all land is equal and we seek to acquire access to the private land that is most likely to gain us the best return for costs. That is in terms of the right protective cover with the right region of Kansas that has a history of upland bird production based on food source. The short description is that without the need for the Association to operate a lodge we make the entire state of Kansas available to us for where to spend Association hunter dollars. When we do spend money it is on land within the grain farming regions.
While this Association does make the best private Kansas hunting land that it can acquire available to its hunters, it does come down to the self guided hunter to make the best use of that land resource. For those new to native grass it will take some entire field walking early on to develop a calibrated eye for where and where not to hunt. That is part of the attraction and the satisfaction we offer to those that have their own dogs. They get to make their own hunt. That includes all the frustration that comes with wild pheasant hunts with dogs of varying capabilities.
Large Native Grass + Grain Crop = Pheasants
Native or warm season grass stands erect through the winter. this information like much on this web site is orientated towards those that have never been Kansas hunting.
Kansas Pheasant Hunting & Farming
Grain farming makes for the best Kansas hunting. Contrasting this would be to try to find a pheasant in the any of the Kansas Hill Country regions. Or, outside of the pheasant distribution range. Once in the Kansas grain farming regions that do overlap with pheasant distribution the hunter will then find that not all grain farming is equal. We take all of that and acquire private land where Kansas pheasant hunting is best.
This is a food first, protective cover second approach. If the food is there the pheasants will be in the near cover. This can be proven by any one that hunts the best protective native grass in any cattle ranching region where a pheasant is rare.
Knowing where to hunt requires greater definition than picking a state. Narrowing down that state to its pheasant distribution range does provide more definition of where to hunt. Further narrowing where to hunt to the right farms makes for spending time hunting rather than hunting for a place to hunt.
Kansas Pheasant Hunting Success
Just a nice picture we could not resist posting. This is Jay that travels from Arizona. One of the few Springer's in the Association.
It is common for Association hunters to relax over time in their hunts. It shows in that pictures of their dogs surpass the desire for birds in the bag.