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Location: Denver, CO
Joined: 04/01/2009
Posts: 109
Kansas Pheasant....

We just finished our annual Kansas pheasant trip a few hours ago, going back to Colorado tomorrow morning.

We hunted Rush County, only came back with 13 birds between the 5 of us, over 4 full days of hunting. Lost a few, and missed a few. Overall tough-hunting, but always a good time.

We usually do alot better, and see alot more birds. In all fairness, bad weather kept alot of hunters off of some side roads (horrible mud), and I'm thinking the birds got alot of pressure on opening weekend...likely affected the hunt.

How has everybody else done so far?

I'm thinking of swining up to Oakley for a full-day trip next week, anybody done well near there recently?

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Location: Southeast Colorado
Joined: 01/07/2007
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Kansas Pheasant....

Not to discourage you, but here on the Kansas/Coloado border (80 miles south of I70) we have recently cut a couple thousand acres of row crops...and I could count the pheasants seen on one hand. Of course, I also got a press release from the Colorado DOW telling me how great the pheasant hunting was going to be this year.... sad

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Location: Savannah
Joined: 09/22/2009
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Re: Kansas Pheasant....

I went opening day, by myself as my wife bailed on me and my brother pleaded pain in legs. I went just South of Russell. It was very difficult hunting the CRP WIHAs as even the small areas was a lot of grass. Opening day I jumped 4 pheasants and got 2. When I was almost thru the field, 5 guys and 2 dogs started hunting the areas where I had already been. I watched them for a few and they jumped 9 cock pheasants and downed 4. The second day I went to the same area. It was drizzling and cold but I started hunting. Went thru 2 fields and never saw a pheasant except some hens. When it started sleeting I said enough and headed back to Fort Riley. I am going back to Kansas for a week during xmas break (I am currently working at Gulfstream in Savannah) and plan to combine some goose/duck and pheasant hunting.
Luck to all of you.
Kirk

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Joined: 03/01/2010
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Re: Kansas Pheasant....

I was in Winona Kansas on opening weekend on my first pheasant hunt. The guys I went with told me it was alot harder hunting this year than past years. We saw a lot of bird from a distance and on the road sides. I think part of the problem was the amount of grain that had not been harvested. Just my 2 cents, but I will be back this year.

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Joined: 06/15/2009
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Pheasants

We hunted around Smith Center in January with snow on the ground and did well.  No limits but good action and a few quail here and there.  Some private and some public ground.  It is never easy but miles of walking usually provides a couple birds.  Getting to be very hard to get access to private ground because of deer leases.

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Joined: 06/15/2009
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Pheasants

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If you are after only pheasants, South Dakota kicks Kansas in the rear and much easier to hunt, birds hold for the dogs better, and decent access.  I have never paid one penny to hunt in SD, hunting public or knocking on doors.

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