Kansas Pheasant Hunting Dogs and Hunters
The spotty snow shows this to be a mid season at the earliest and more likely a late Kansas season hunting trip. Sow is more rare during the Kansas hunting season than other top pheasant states.
Where to go private land Kansas pheasant hunting as shown by dogs and hunters in the field.
In each case the protective cover shown is where those dogs and self guided hunters in these pictures find the best hunting. Meaning the most effective dog point for hunter flush and shot. That is where hunters most commonly hunt for the dog power they have. These are examples in the truest sense of where all good hunting is to be found. They do not represent all cover available to hunt or where some dogs will be successful pheasant hunters. They do not imply that all dogs will be able to hunt all the covers shown. It is far more a rare dog that can hunt all upland birds in all covers. It is more common that an individual dog will excel in one cover and be less successful in another.
Why These Hunting Pictures
From Don, a traveling Kansas hunter.
He does have some of the best dogs to be seen. Proof of just how good they are is how well they will point for hunter flush and shot pheasants in open cover. Or, the most difficult thin cover to get a pheasant to hold for point.
Unrealistic Kansas Pheasant Hunting Expectations
These are the type of pictures that develop unrealistic wild pheasant expectations. That unrealistic expectation is that all dogs will have the short range, long stand off and soft working speed to acquire such pheasant points for hunter flush and shot. We do realize we say this same idea much. It is that it must be said much.
Not all dogs can work open habitat. The picture at top is low quality Kansas grass that most dogs would simply run too hard and pressure any birds to run or flush.
This thing cover is also a case the dog must be steady to his own direct eyes-on a running pheasant. A tough behavior for a dog not to chase his prey that can be seen running but a few steps away.
Big Field, Close, Slow Dogs
Kansas fields are large as the back ground of this picture shows. A long running dog or an over the ridge dog is more likely to push/flush than a slower, shorter running dog with long standoff. A dog working the far ridge that has a short stand off would probably be too far away for the hunter to gain a shot opportunity.
The same pheasant hunt as the top two pictures where the field gave way to dry drain and pheasants to quail. This is a covey point quickly followed by the singles point below.
This two picture quail point series shows well how the same small area will be retraced for singles points.
Stunning pictures such as this one above is one that would be on the wall for memories for the remaining life of that hunter.
Back to pheasants in the pictures below.
Kansas Pheasant Hunting Cover
Studying the surrounding and distant cover calibrates the eye for where to hunt and where to pass. Having said that most on their first several Mid-America Hunting Association pheasant hunts should hunt a variety of the regions differing by varying predominate habitat and bird of choice densities. Sampling all will for the majority of Kansas hunters show one type more suited for their hunting style and dog power.
What not to do is simply look at a field from the road and judge its quality. No one hunter is that good. It is the case when not being guided to the best spots in any one field that the first time a hunting spot is hunted it means hunting the entire available acreage. A subsequent hunting trip to the same land will be more efficient as the land will be known to that hunter. This is one more example how the first hunting trip will be the worst.