Kansas Pheasant and Quail Season Opener

ringneck pheasantThe pheasant and quail opening weekend will kick off in a couple of days here in Kansas. I haven’t been out on opening day in a couple of years due to spending all my allotted hunting time on deer. This year sounds like it should be a good one and I’m really looking forward to getting out for a couple of reasons.

One, I’ll get to see some guys I haven’t seen in a couple of years since I haven’t been out. There’s friends coming in from all over. Some from southeast Kansas, Wichita, Augusta and even the east coast of the U.S.

Two, and the best reason, this will be my daughter’s first opening weekend. She’s 17 and this will only be the second time she’s gone hunting. Her first time was at the end of last season after she had finally finished Hunters Safety Clinic. She also had saved up her money from working a Christmas job and bought herself a double barrel shotgun – made me want to cry. On her first time out, she dropped two quail. I was definitely the proud papa. I’m looking forward to her reaction when a dozen pheasant come blasting out of their hiding spot.

Last count, there are maybe a 8-10 hunters showing up for the opener. It’s always a good time, even if I don’t get my limit – which is most of the time (like I’ve said before, the bird population has never been in danger from us). I love being in the outdoors, hanging out with friends and seeing all the wildlife. And the traditional stuff that goes on at hunt camp.

Keith will always have to suddenly go do something when it’s time to clean the birds. Jason will complain about Keith being gone. Sam and I will complain about our sore legs. There’s always lots of stories told around the bonfire after the hunt, some true, some not, most exaggerated. It’s definitely good times.

I’ll post a report of how things go, hopefully a good report. Wish us luck!

13 Replies to “Kansas Pheasant and Quail Season Opener”

  1. I apologize to readers who are not in on the inside jokes regarding our pheasant/quail hunting weekend.

    You see Jason flys in from the east coast every year, meets with his dad, brother and a few friends and they drive out here for opening weekend.

    Anyhow, the last couple of years this small tailwater pit that I always insist on hunting has not been productive. But since we had ran out of other places to go I suggested the tailwater pit. It only takes about five minutes to walk and we were right there!

    So of course Jason, (guilty of felony laziness!) says NO WAY, “the tail water pit is a LOOOSER! We NEVER get birds out of there! I’m not even getting out of the truck to BLOCK! It’s a WASTE of time! (Jasons actual language was far stronger than that, but decorum prevents me from using direct quotes).

    So myself and a few TRUE HUNTERS lined up and attacked the tailwater pit.

    Ultimately WE were soon attacked by the LARGEST COVEY OF QUAIL IN HUNTING HISTORY!

    Thats right, from the DESPISED TAILWATER PIT!

    So I cut loose with both barrels, then got my limit by swinging my shot gun like a base ball bat! (Okay so that didn’t really happen) but I did drop one quail from the MAGNIFICENT TAILWATER PIT!

    The point of the story is: My superb hunting acumen (with a little help from my blackpowder spur hammer double barrel) SAVED the day.

    Jason could only watch the action (from the pickup) in humiliated wonder as the sky turned black with quail bursting forth from: THE MAGNIFICENT TAIL WATER PIT!

    The rest of the weekend Jason had to bear the Scorn of the WORTHY HUNTERS as they sang the praises of:



    I never claimed to be the greatest WRITER.. well you know what I mean.

  3. Ouch! I got a little carried away with the shirts…I designed the shirt with the heavy weight material and it was going to be about $230 for 12 of them. Might have to go back to the drawing board. They looked cool though!

  4. Jason and I have been hogging the comments here.

    Plains Hunter would love to hear from others who might have a BRILLIANT hunter, like perhaps The LUM, and those who might have to drag around one who is “Hunting Challenged” like say….Jason.

    Please tell us stories of inadequate hunters in your group!

  5. I’m really liking the content and stories of this site / blog. Interested for the update post on how the opening weekend went. Happy hunting!

    1. Well thank you Brian. Thanks for visiting the site. Basically, in short, it was pretty typical. 7 pheasants and 7 quail were taken by the group. We kind of got rained out on Sunday, but managed to scare up a covey of quail. I’m hoping to get the full rundown posted this weekend.

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