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#5986641 - 10/20/15 09:46 PM Kansas
TXPanhandler Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 473
Loc: Texas Panhandle
Have any of you ever pheasant hunted in southwestern Kansas around the Houghton area? Going there for the opener on November 14th and I've never been to Kansas. What is the land like? Any reports on birds from that area?

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#5987948 - 10/21/15 06:10 PM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
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Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 346
Loc: Corpus & Dickens
TXPAN

I hunt north of there in Sherman county. Should be similar. All agriculture with wheat, milo and corn. Also some CRP. Should be a very good year as conditions were quite good.

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#5988149 - 10/21/15 07:55 PM Re: Kansas [Re: Flashprism]
TXPanhandler Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 473
Loc: Texas Panhandle
Originally Posted By: Flashprism
TXPAN

I hunt north of there in Sherman county. Should be similar. All agriculture with wheat, milo and corn. Also some CRP. Should be a very good year as conditions were quite good.


The landowner I'm in touch with also has some land in Sherman county. I am so excited I can barley stand it!
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#5988213 - 10/21/15 08:37 PM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
shock_n_awe Offline
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Registered: 11/04/08
Posts: 1148
Loc: Angleton / West Columbia
We hunted Liberal north to Garden City and points west for a few years during the drought. Great bird area when populations rebound. It was a grind for a while. Mostly Pheasant. Larger quail populations are farther east. Good luck and have a blast!
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#5988222 - 10/21/15 08:41 PM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 2332
Loc: Duck blind
I'm going to be in Kansas first week in December, can't wait. Half day pheasants and half day waterfowl all week long.

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#5988258 - 10/21/15 09:00 PM Re: Kansas [Re: Erichugh22]
TXPanhandler Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 473
Loc: Texas Panhandle
Originally Posted By: Erichugh22
I'm going to be in Kansas first week in December, can't wait. Half day pheasants and half day waterfowl all week long.


I would be right there with you if I could get a week off haha
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#5988590 - 10/22/15 07:26 AM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
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Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7095
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
Going opening weekend again. This will be the last year if I don't see marked improvement. We go to Atwood usually. Last 3 yrs have just been too poor to keep making that 10-11 hr drive.
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#5988925 - 10/22/15 11:01 AM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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I have been going to NW Kansas in Sherman, Wallace, Logan and Thomas for the last 4 yrs. Sherman and parts of Wallace and Logan had good birds numbers last year. This year in western Logan and southern Logan the numbers are way up but they got more rain than Sherman and Wallace. Western Wallace, western Sherman and parts of Wallace did not get the rains that they had east of them. The southwestern part of the state was and has been really dry for sometime now. I never see many birds on the roads traveling through that part of the state for the past 4 yrs now. The areas that had the rains, had really good dryland corn and milo. All of it seem to make pretty good crops. The areas to the east of Sherman and Wallace had 22"-28" rain for the year when I was there in Sept. I saw more birds in the CRP next to standing grain than I did in the CRP alone. Some WIHA's had a lot of birds, but saw more on private land CRP.
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#5989662 - 10/22/15 06:38 PM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
TXPanhandler Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 473
Loc: Texas Panhandle
ranchman I appreciate that detailed report. The guy I'm going to be hunting on said he has seen more birds sitting in his combine seat this year than the past 5 years combined, however, that may not be that many! He said they are plenty huntable so I guess we'll see how it goes. It's only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from door to door for me so even if it's not a blowout it'll still be easy and fun.
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#5989922 - 10/22/15 09:23 PM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
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Registered: 09/08/10
Posts: 14449
Loc: Weatherford, TX
You guys hunting public or private?
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#5989974 - 10/22/15 09:56 PM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
tick-magnet Offline
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Registered: 07/14/10
Posts: 56
Hunted Hugoton area for several years. Had best luck south of town to the Okla. state line. West of there is tumble weed country, more scaled quail country than pheasants. The WIHAs are fewer now than in the past but some private land owners are receptive, others can be real jerks. North of Liberal can be okay but east of there is pretty poor. Expect to meet the Ranger, they stop everybody. However, what they are looking for is information: like how many birds have you got, where you are from i.e out of state, etc. They use that info to compile a report. You may notice them filling out a big spread sheet after they have stop someone. The young ranger at Hugoton can be a pain, hopefully he has mellowed some.
We quit that area in 2012. That area was the heart and ground zero for the drought. The drought really knock down the bird population along with the emergency CRP harvesting. Almost all the cover was gone. It use to be good but will require some time to rebound to what it was. But you might see some blue and bobs along with pheasant. We always did.

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#5990135 - 10/23/15 06:36 AM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
kgbill Offline
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Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 46
Loc: panhandle
We've hunted all over Southwest Kansasover the last 15 years, and over the past 3 years northwest and south-central as well. '11 still had birds around hugoton if you were willing to work for it, but they all but disappeared after that. I've never seen pheasant fall that far. It'll take at least another year of good rain to bounce back imho. I'm going to nm instead this year to chase the blues while we got 'em.

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#5990341 - 10/23/15 09:20 AM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 5390
Loc: bastrop county
area northwest of Dodge City had horrific hail and storms this summer, around the Kalvesta area was 50-70% hail loss, one storm blew in with 100mp wind.
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#5991482 - 10/23/15 10:09 PM Re: Kansas [Re: TXPanhandler]
TXPanhandler Offline
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Registered: 09/12/12
Posts: 473
Loc: Texas Panhandle
We will be hunting mostly private land, but the landowner said that we might have some luck in the walk in areas early in the day. I'm a law follower so the ranger thing doesn't bother me. I guess we will take a trailer full of dogs and see how it goes! Thanks for all the input.
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#5991485 - 10/23/15 10:10 PM Re: Kansas [Re: colt45]
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Registered: 09/12/12
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Loc: Texas Panhandle
Originally Posted By: colt45
area northwest of Dodge City had horrific hail and storms this summer, around the Kalvesta area was 50-70% hail loss, one storm blew in with 100mp wind.


We had the same kind of storms all summer in Amarillo
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