Kansas Pheasant Hunts
While all dog breeds are welcome, not all pheasant hunters are allocated memberships. No small point here.
Kansas pheasant hunting with Mid-America Hunting Association is for wild pheasant on private ground for the individual dog owning or small friendship group upland bird hunter. No drive pheasant hunts permitted.
Kansas pheasant hunters will enjoy the Association for freedom away from public lands hunter mentality, being able to have more land available to hunt each day than daylight hours available. No mixing their dogs with any other hunter. Being able to hunt a different spot each time stepping from their truck, each day of each trip never having to cross their tracks. And, for those with the right dog power there is overlapping wild Bobwhite Quail populations. The capstone is that within Mid-America Hunting Association having pheasant lands in three states there is always one or more up bird numbers regardless of any one region that may be down due to a bad hatch.
Our Kansas pheasant habitat is superior based on its heavily invested acreage into the tall prairie grass CRP that serves as the best day long loafing cover of all pheasant habitat that exists. Hunts are largely over many thousands of acres of this tall prairie grass where with a good dog a day's Kansas pheasant bag limit, 4, is achievable from one field of a 1/4 section or larger.
Add to our exceptional cover grass pheasant habitat is the row crop farm fields largely composed of wheat, milo and corn. Combining these two habitats of cover and food is no secret to a great pheasant hunt. However, the superiority of the tall prairie grass pheasant holding capability is not to be considered too lightly.
2013 Kansas hunting land avilable through Mid-America Hunting Association listed by county name and acrage within that county.
Traveling the links within this web site on our upland bird habitat section will give any pheasant hunter his fill of picture and text description of bad, medium, good and great grasslands Kansas pheasant habitat. We went heavily into the tall grass descriptions to take the mystery out of this habitat and get those not accustomed to it to hunt it.
And a precautionary note. Kansas is part of the great plains and some forget the great plains mean large crop fields. Our pheasant hunts cover larger amounts of acreage than most from northern and eastern state hunters are accustomed to.
While we hear from many pheasant hunters they may hunt one day a week and one vacation week a year in their home state that alone will not prepare dogs for the nearly endless miles of ground they may attempt to cover. Each pheasant hunter will have more acreage to hunt each day than daylight to hunt it. Having that for a week will make for both tired hunters and dogs.
Kansas Pheasant Habitat
Good hunts means good habitat. Good self guided hunts means getting the hunter to the right habitat within the right region of the state where that good hunt potential exists.
This is a Kansas plum thicket and grass draw.
Likely to find both pheasant and quail at this spot, however it is more likely to be pheasant in this draw as the neighboring crop field is some distance away. A small point we for a long time took for granted Kansas hunters would readily recognize and found the traveling pheasant hunter unfamiliar with this terrain found it to be a hard hunt.
For pheasant habitat and hunting it is a matter first for food availability then add to that loafing cover. If this draw bordered a grain field then it would be a guess as to whether there would be more pheasant or quail in this draw. The difference then would depend on what region of Kansas the draw is located due to varying pheasant and quail population densities. In our case of our Association hunter we take that mystery away and get the hunter where he needs to hunt for his bird and habitat of preference in Kansas and Iowa and Missouri.
While we are emphasizing Kansas grasslands wild pheasant hunting that is not to imply that grass is the only pheasant habitat where good pheasant hunting is to be found in Kansas.
Quite the contrary is true and much to the benefit of the bird dog hunter. Two aspects come into play at this juncture. The first is pheasant habitat type and the second is bird dog power.
Kansas pheasant hunts do not require dogs as pheasants may be walked up however, a good pheasant dog will always make any wild bird hunt all the better.
In terms of the popular Kansas pheasant habitat type of the tall grass that will produce many birds in the bag, many more, easily over a hundred pheasants may be seen getting up well out of shotgun range. It takes a pheasant hunting dog with specialized skill to be productive in the tall grass.
A slow hunting, long point standoff dog will produce an easy pheasant limit of points while a fast dog or one with short standoff will generate a lot of wild flushes. This brings us to the second aspect of our self guided pheasant hunting and that is pheasant specific habitat type compared to dog power and upland bird hunting style.
The Hunt Is Not About The Number Of Dead Birds
Our hunts are all about the enjoyment of the hunt, dogs, friends and family. Those that count success only in terms of bag limits should seek their hunts elsewhere than with us.
Pictures of my boys, Mike & Kyle with just the pheasant they shot and also Mikey with his first buck. I grunted two in to 20 yards...a six point with a much bigger rack, but it was a much smaller deer. He will never shoot one better. The first one always is so special. I know it was special for me watching him. My oldest took that 8 point we saw in September...scored 132. Will be taking him this weekend for a doe...we don't get out much together, because he plays three sports (basketball right now)...will be nice to be out in the snow. From here on out it will be all pheasant/geese.
Have a great Christmas! Steve
The next season.
Again...hats off to you and the staff at MAHA. Had a great time chasing roosters...and I do mean chasing...with my two boys this Kansas pheasant opener. We did not see as many birds as last year, but there is still an abundance of standing crops and the cover is not as abundant or thick as last year. Enclosed are four pictures. My oldest boy joined us on Sunday and he continues to shoot straight given his limited field opportunities due to sports. The picture of Mike says it all...a true double off of our dog, Griz. Both roosters flushed simultaneously and Mike put them down with his 20 gauge Benelli pump. Dad couldn't have been prouder!!!! Another great family day on MAHA land!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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