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    Well something, I don't know what, has certainly changed for the better. Because the quail are doing far better the past few years than they have for a long time. That fact isn't up for debate.

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    I was doing some reading and one year during the 60's Kansas quail harvest was 4 million birds. In 2013-14 season 174,970 were estimated to be harvested. If I remember you could only hunt half a day back then but I may be wrong.

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    In the 50's and early 60's in Kansas one could only hunt quail on Tues, Thur, Sat and Sun plus holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogman View Post
    In the 50's and early 60's in Kansas one could only hunt quail on Tues, Thur, Sat and Sun plus holidays.
    And still harvested 4 million birds. Goes to show how low our quail numbers really are.

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    In the 50's and early 60's EVERYONE Quail hunted, many people every day of the season. Quail numbers have been very low ever since then. What I'm talking about now is the recent increase in quail numbers. Which have inarguably increased dramatically. If there were the numbers of quail hunters today that there were in the 50's and 60's, that harvest number would be way higher. On top of that, many only shoot a bird or two in a covey now days, instead of 5 people emptying their guns. I'm listening to 3 groups of quail whistling to each other right now, enjoying my coffee on the back porch. I go to my farm, I hear quail whistling. I go to my buddy's farm, I hear quail whistling. I hear them everywhere, all the time now a days. I see them daily as I drive the gravel roads. Five years ago hearing or seeing one was a big deal.

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    How long have you been hunting quail? I really have found no data to show hunter numbers today vs 30 years ago so I can't verify how many hunters it took to harvest 4 million birds. Today we have about 40,000 hunters chasing quail. What hurts hunter numbers is access. Very few opportunities to hunt in Kansas now with everything leased. Kansas only has about 10% of its land available for public access.
    Last edited by westksbowhunter; 06-23-2017 at 08:57 AM.

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    Since about 1970 hunter numbers have dropped. Couldn't tell you exatly howmuch but I have seen the numbers and at the time it seemed a lot. It doesnt take much to figure out why go through and look at county census. Take Rush county as an example pulling numbers and dates out of my arse but today it has someting like a quarter of the population it had 1880

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    I spoke to a guy in Woodward, Ok. last year that said he's been hunting the area since 1960 and that this was the best he's ever seen. EVER! Don't know how to argue with that. Not near as many people hunting today.... The last two years have been incredible on Western Oklahoma.... and I'm assuming the same for western Kansas....
    Last edited by akp; 06-23-2017 at 09:50 PM.

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    I spoke to a guy in Woodward, Ok. last year that said he's been hunting the area since 1960 and that this was the best he's ever seen. EVER! Don't know how to argue with that. Not near as many people hunting today.... The last two years have been incredible on Western Oklahoma.... and I'm assuming the same for western Kansas....

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    Quote Originally Posted by akp View Post
    I spoke to a guy in Woodward, Ok. last year that said he's been hunting the area since 1960 and that this was the best he's ever seen. EVER! Don't know how to argue with that. Not near as many people hunting today.... The last two years have been incredible on Western Oklahoma.... and I'm assuming the same for western Kansas....
    It's been good all over the state. I have friends in Missouri that have seen a large increase in quail numbers. Should be a really good year.
    Last edited by Kansan; 06-24-2017 at 08:26 AM.

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