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    Quote Originally Posted by Westok View Post
    I hunted around Dodge, didn’t see a lot of birds. But found a few. No quail. I’m going again later in December, are the numbers better farther west?
    Not really, hunted a lot of western Kansas the last three days from Goodland to Dodge City and bird numbers were very spotty. One field would have decent numbers of birds, drive to the next one a mile or two away and nothing. Did see quite a few lesser prairie chickens which was a treat since I had never seen one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frangler View Post
    Not really, hunted a lot of western Kansas the last three days from Goodland to Dodge City and bird numbers were very spotty. One field would have decent numbers of birds, drive to the next one a mile or two away and nothing. Did see quite a few lesser prairie chickens which was a treat since I had never seen one.
    Unless you know the subtle differences it's hard to say which ones you saw unless you're a chicken nerd. I love seeing them.

    The map the state has is bs - not accurate. Lots of Greaters and what I'd guess are hybrids are in the area they will claim is lesser area.

    But good you saw some in the SW quadrant of the state. There's enough around where they have the right habitat - the powers that be cant seem to figure out hunting has 0 to do with their population.

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    I do nerd out on chickens and grouse but I suppose they could have been hybrids or Greaters. They held very tight and we were able to get a very good look at them. The bars on the chest were much more faint than all of the greater pc's I have shot over the years. The clucks that some made seemed a bit different as well.

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    The private ground in NE has about 25 chickens using. I also think they are beautiful so did not take any shots. I have a male mounted from couple years ago and they make a beautiful upland mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frangler View Post
    I do nerd out on chickens and grouse but I suppose they could have been hybrids or Greaters. They held very tight and we were able to get a very good look at them. The bars on the chest were much more faint than all of the greater pc's I have shot over the years. The clucks that some made seemed a bit different as well.

    From all the ones I've seen I'd call a Lesser similar to blue quail coloring/bar pattern -- I believe more of the "white" shows up in their pattern and it appears more "scaled like a scaled quail" than a Greater which is more mottled to me and has more yellows if that makes sense.

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    I hunted this past Friday in the SW zone, all WIHA, and found the birds to be very skittish. I don't know if that was wind related or if was due to public pressure or both. Group of 5 guys, 4 roosters and 3 quail. Moved over to Colorado on Saturday and Sunday to private ground, hoping to see better numbers on private. Results were basically the same. I did shoot two doubles on two different covey rises and had some good dog work as well. So that made the trip worth the miles.
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