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  1. #41
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    alot of overgrazed cattle pastures enrolled in WIHA up in that area...

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    Today I hunted in the morning, saw a bunch of roosters, unfortunately not where I could hunt them. Saw a hen fly into a marginal looking area, decided to see where she went. Found nothing, except 5 bucks and a bunch of does. On our walk back to the truck dog went on point, nothing there, she searched the are, but same result. I figured a bird was running on us. We had to cross a dry creek bed as soon as the dog jumped down into it a rooster flushed just out of range. Later we hunted an area that looked perfect, but found nothing until we hit some tumble weeds and found a rooster, my poor shooting led to him getting away. We took the afternoon off, but went out to a new area and explored. Found several WIHA that looked like my front lawn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BirdGuy View Post
    alot of overgrazed cattle pastures enrolled in WIHA up in that area...
    Which may be good for hunting coyotes. Guys on here forget its not all about upland. A wheat field may be good for geese or deer, a bare pasture may hide a draw holding deer or coyotes. Or maybe a spot looks overgrazed and there is a strip of weeds along a back fence that hold a limit of roosters.

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    Just finished up day 2 of hunting in NE Kansas. We are quail hunting. 3 guys, 9 dogs (English pointers and 1 setter), most with quite a bit of experience. We saw one covey crossing the road while driving and found one 15 bird covey over the two full days hunting. We hunted 8 quality looking walk in areas/public hunting spots over the last 2 days, places that should hold at least one and actually more than one covey one in most cases. They just were not there. Wasn’t a matter of dogs not hunting. Scenting conditions were not great but were acceptable especially early and late. The covey we found was at noon today. As hard as they hunted they should have accidentally ran over some and/or we should have walked up some if there were many to be found and scenting was just bad. We also drove past a lot of properties that appeared to provide very little upland opportunities that were labeled as having quail and or pheasants. Understand they have other types of hunters but was really disappointed in some of the tracts labeled as having upland birds. Did see couple of really nice bucks. Not saying any of this to make anyone mad. Sure there are some birds around, but we are very disappointed. I thank everyone who messaged me. Does sound like areas much further west have some better opportunities, but we are heading home. Good luck to all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsentkilr View Post
    Which may be good for hunting coyotes. Guys on here forget its not all about upland. A wheat field may be good for geese or deer, a bare pasture may hide a draw holding deer or coyotes. Or maybe a spot looks overgrazed and there is a strip of weeds along a back fence that hold a limit of roosters.
    Thatís a good point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quailguy36 View Post
    Just finished up day 2 of hunting in NE Kansas. We are quail hunting. 3 guys, 9 dogs (English pointers and 1 setter), most with quite a bit of experience. We saw one covey crossing the road while driving and found one 15 bird covey over the two full days hunting. We hunted 8 quality looking walk in areas/public hunting spots over the last 2 days, places that should hold at least one and actually more than one covey one in most cases. They just were not there. Wasn¬’t a matter of dogs not hunting. Scenting conditions were not great but were acceptable especially early and late. The covey we found was at noon today. As hard as they hunted they should have accidentally ran over some and/or we should have walked up some if there were many to be found and scenting was just bad. We also drove past a lot of properties that appeared to provide very little upland opportunities that were labeled as having quail and or pheasants. Understand they have other types of hunters but was really disappointed in some of the tracts labeled as having upland birds. Did see couple of really nice bucks. Not saying any of this to make anyone mad. Sure there are some birds around, but we are very disappointed. I thank everyone who messaged me. Does sound like areas much further west have some better opportunities, but we are heading home. Good luck to all.
    There maybe a few WIHA areas in the Northeast that’s hold Quail and Pheasants but since CRP contracts are few and far between in these areas , the most prevelant species are deer , Turkey and Furbearers , seems like if you get away from bean and corn rotation and to wheat and Milo and wheat rotation birds are more numerous .

    Umdistured quality nesting cover seem to be a more important factor .

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    I would certainly agree with the ďfewĒ part. My buddies who have been coming here for over 30 years said it was the worst they have seen. They have hunted all over the state but last several seasons out had hunted in the south east. Had private ground access there. Farmer they had contact with said south east was bad this year and last so one of our group had made some calls before we made trip out and talked to biologist up in NE KS. The biologist stated they had as many quail as anywhere in the state. From this board and out experience up there I would now say that was incorrect. Sounds like there are some pockets of quail here and there with most reports coming from about 3-4 hours west of area we were in. Just wish we had known that before we started the trip. We would have went there to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quailguy36 View Post
    I would certainly agree with the ďfewĒ part. My buddies who have been coming here for over 30 years said it was the worst they have seen. They have hunted all over the state but last several seasons out had hunted in the south east. Had private ground access there. Farmer they had contact with said south east was bad this year and last so one of our group had made some calls before we made trip out and talked to biologist up in NE KS. The biologist stated they had as many quail as anywhere in the state. From this board and out experience up there I would now say that was incorrect. Sounds like there are some pockets of quail here and there with most reports coming from about 3-4 hours west of area we were in. Just wish we had known that before we started the trip. We would have went there to start.
    There are certainly good numbers of quail in northeast Kansas, but itís still a big area and things will vary depending on where you go. I do know that the quail had a great hatch down here in southeast Kansas. I donít know where your friends farmer contact is, but I donít think heís correct. The horrible scenting conditions certainly didnít help you either. I had a trip to South Dakota last year where we didnít shoot a single bird, so I understand your frustration. Hope you still enjoyed your time in the field.

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    I do agree scenting conditions were less than desirable. With that said, fewer coveys and smaller coveys this year in NE Kansas. The birds we did kill were small and very immature (indicating late hatch). I have been going to this area for a long time and very rarely did we not get our daily limit of quail. Dogs are getting some age, but lots of experience on where to look. Here is what was strange to us......... Hunting the same cover with feed in a five square mile radius had very inconsistent results. The weather didn't help things, but I still really enjoyed the hunt. As I get older, it is more about the experience and relationships with the locals in that area. I would have liked to have gotten the setter pup in a few more birds. He did point and retrieve a single. How do the WIHA's look down in SE Kansas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John1743 View Post
    I do agree scenting conditions were less than desirable. With that said, fewer coveys and smaller coveys this year in NE Kansas. The birds we did kill were small and very immature (indicating late hatch). I have been going to this area for a long time and very rarely did we not get our daily limit of quail. Dogs are getting some age, but lots of experience on where to look. Here is what was strange to us......... Hunting the same cover with feed in a five square mile radius had very inconsistent results. The weather didn't help things, but I still really enjoyed the hunt. As I get older, it is more about the experience and relationships with the locals in that area. I would have liked to have gotten the setter pup in a few more birds. He did point and retrieve a single. How do the WIHA's look down in SE Kansas?
    I donít have many in my immediate area, but the cover around here is thick as can be this year. Iíve been focused on deer hunting so far this season so I havenít been quail hunting yet, but people around home have been having great success. Iíve been seeing lots of quail everyday, in big coveys. Iíll get after them when I shoot a buck or the rut is over.

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