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Hunted Kansas last week, did ok (conditions and wet roads made access a problem).

I heard Sterling had a decent population of birds this year, hunted the walk-in areas by there today and nothing Brick Wall,) . Heard a few cackling when it got dark, but that's it.

Anybody having sucess this year?

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I lived in Colorado for a number of years, about 1974 to 1984. I don't recall ever having seen a phesant in the state.

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I'm not sure if there were any during that timeframe but there are a few now. Few being the key word. Usually by Sterling, Burlington, Holyoke etc...border towns.

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They are there like I have never seen them before! I have been here 43 years and NEVER have I seen so many!

Even all the old timers are saying that if it was ever this good, it wasa couple of wet years in the 40s or 50s since it was!

I myself saw hundreds out between Yuma & Holyoke last Tuesday! My DOG managed two around some standing corn! (I never fired a shot eye roll )The corn needs to come down and then they have no place to hide but where you can wander!

It is going to be a banner year IMO. The opening day weekenders will die off in the next couple of weeks, thent he corn will finally be down and leave all those birds for us diehards!

Headed out Saturday with my bud and my pup! I will try and remember to post a report!

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Got everything packed, dog ready, and am headed out to that neck of the woods in a couple of hours (Dec 2nd right now). I'll let you know...

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Just got back. Hunted all day. Only one rooster within gun range. Few hens. Saw tons of sign all day. Late afternoon started seeing birds left and right, flushing 200+ yards out. Groups of 20 easily. Probably saw over 200 birds in one field alone. It was unlike anything I've ever seen.

My dog went totally crazy, forgot to point, was bumping birds and out of control. Frustrating but kinda funny.

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Very cool, at least you seen them and now they are not a myth! From everythign I have been reading they are learning quickly and really spooky!

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Are the walk in areas worth anything in eastern Colorado for pheasants? I might be interested in taking a trip but I want a chance to shoot some birds.

I was reading later in the season, once the corn was cut, might be better? Any truth to this?

Thanks-Brian

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I've seen lot's of pheasant out east of I-25. Unfortuanately they've all been hens.

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