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Kansas pheasant opener

I get out there every year (Hays area) and we used do very well on the WIHA lands, we have very little private acess.  We've never actually been there on opening day and wanted to try it this year.

Saturday morning was absolutely crazy, I've never seen so many pickup trucks, dogs, and blaze orange in my life.  We did not see a piece of walk-in land that did not have vehicles parked there.

The hunting was great, but the "getting" was horrible.  7 birds for 8 shooters over 3 days of hunting, don't know what happened.  I didn't see near the number of birds I usually do.  On the plus side my 2 year old GSP tracked her first crippled birds and is coming along nicely.

I know the whole experience is more important than shooting a large number of birds, but with so much money and time poured into the effort it was a tad frustrating.  We don't have access to private land, so I'm thinking I need to take my efforts to a different part of the state.

I haven't yet lost faith in hunting the WIHA land in Kansas, just wondering if anybody else was able to get some shooting in on WIHA property in other parts of the state.

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I am sorry it was so crowded

I am sorry it was so crowded and thus diminished your hunting experience.  I don't bird hunt but those I know do tell me numbers are down some.  I do know the state wildlife agency works hard to get wIHA land enrolled.  The incoming governor wants to work to make Kansas a better hunting destination so we'll have to see what he does.  He does, however, from his statements, understand the importance of hunting to our economy.  I am looking forward to good things from him.

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Sorry to hear about your

Sorry to hear about your experience.  We are used to that out here in California, but we have limited numbers of agricultural fields to hunt on.  Therefore, it's always packed.  However, i am really surprised that you guys out there, with the miles and miles of land in Kansas, would have that problem.

Get out again, maybe on a mid-week day if you can.  Good luck!

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There is lots of land here,

There is lots of land here, but most is in private hands and not much public land so the competition between residents not owning land and non-residents can be pretty high sometimes.

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Still had a decent time.  Was

Still had a decent time.  Was great for the past 6 years, time to find something new.  Some of the locals/landowners were rude and acted as if out of state hunters were a huge burden (a burden that pumps ALOT of money into their small towns).  We were yelled at accused of hunting on private (when the atlas clearly showed we were right).  Had the game warden called on us etc...

My money will be directed somewhere else.

I'm not naive enough to think it actually matters, or that the locals care...just my venting I guess.

For the Colorado guys, I just hunted locally a few days ago and did very well...on public land.  Things are looking up.

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