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    Scenting conditions are on par with most years out here. Maybe a little better than most years. Still many draws holding moisture. It's western Kansas, it is supposed to be dry. 3 inches of snow tonite might help those dogs with clogged sinuses.

  2. #52
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    Hey guys--We have a group of four (with 6 dogs in tow) making our first trip to Kansas in January. After 7 years in SD we're looking for new adventure. The key attraction was ending our season here in MN and continuing on in KS. After a fair amount of research we settled on the Lucas area mostly because it was hard finding a house to rent via Airbnb that would allow dogs further west. We've shot A LOT of pheasants over the years but never a quail so I'd be just as happy if we got into some covey's but primarly hunting roosters. Appears we need to be mobile and not get bogged down in one spot. Reading these threads give me mixed emotions. Overall do you feel it will be worth the 11 hours drive? I've set this trip up for my son and two buddies so I feel a certain pressure for at least marginal success. Appreciate any comments..

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    I usually hunt South Dakota, but this year decided to try Kansas. The hard part was not knowing where to go. After years of going to South Dakota I know the area and where the birds might be. Based on my 5 days out there I would say it is worth the trip. The roosters are pretty smart and I think they have been hunted a bit. I can’t say enough about the quail. I’ve never really hunted wild quail and it was a blast. Coveys of 10-15 birds were common. I would go back just for the quail.
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  4. #54
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    Quote Originally Posted by Byrdoglvr View Post
    Hey guys--We have a group of four (with 6 dogs in tow) making our first trip to Kansas in January. After 7 years in SD we're looking for new adventure. The key attraction was ending our season here in MN and continuing on in KS. After a fair amount of research we settled on the Lucas area mostly because it was hard finding a house to rent via Airbnb that would allow dogs further west. We've shot A LOT of pheasants over the years but never a quail so I'd be just as happy if we got into some covey's but primarly hunting roosters. Appears we need to be mobile and not get bogged down in one spot. Reading these threads give me mixed emotions. Overall do you feel it will be worth the 11 hours drive? I've set this trip up for my son and two buddies so I feel a certain pressure for at least marginal success. Appreciate any comments..
    Scott,

    I sent u a private message.

    Gary

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    Not seeing very many birds at all but when I do I have been making it count. Only missed one bird so far this year, and I pulled feathers on him. Shot this triple today, second triple of the season.
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    Great photo, congrats on the fine shooting!

  7. #57
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    Just got back from my annual hunt in Norton and Decatur counties on a private farm. I have been going to the same place for over 15 years and this year was by far the worst. Very few birds and even fewer quail. I have a feeling the quail numbers are due to the massive hail storm. The habitat and conditions were excellent. A bit too warm for my taste on the last couple days.

  8. #58
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    Was finally able to make it back down to the SE corner of the state Saturday for a quick morning hunt on some ground we've hunted for years. Bird numbers appear to be very similar to last year. Got into 2 good sized coveys on a piece of ground we historically see anywhere from 2-4.

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    Saturday I saw 2 pheasants in an all day hunt. Shot both of them. I shot 1 quail on a covey rise. Also found a nice shed. Poor bird numbers, looks like I will harvest fewer pheasants this season than I have in any year in the last 20. I have shot at 12 pheasants this year and killed 11. This is the first year that my 5 year old female has got to hunt by herself. So in that sense it has been fun.
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    Wow these reports arenít what Iím hearing from certain parts of the state or from what Iíve experienced. Granted Iíve only been out a couple of times but each time quail were better than last year in these spots. Dumb luck maybe because lord knows my setter probably couldnít find a steak sandwich in his dog bowl but he did have some great points. May have to switch over to my retrievers but dang I like shooting pointed quail. Phez I like to watch my lab work em over.

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