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Great weather, few birds

Pheasant hunters in Edwards County Saturday morning

Pheasant hunters in Edwards County Saturday morning (Pictures courtesy Casey McAvoy)

As predicted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KWDTP), hunters in southwestern Kansas saw few pheasants opening day.

A group of friends headed out Saturday morning north of Offerle in Edwards County, had little luck.

“We saw two roosters and one hen in the first two hours of hunting,” said Casey McAvoy, Hays.  ”In a good season, we’ll see that many in the first five minutes.”

The men, who’ve hunted in the area for years, weren’t expecting much.

“We really just walked the fields this season to see how the pheasant population is, and as we figured, the numbers continue to decline,” said.

“I hope hunters keep in mind this weekend that just because there is a limit, you don’t have to get it.  We really need to repopulate so we can continue to carry on this tradition to the next generation.”

Corey McAvoy, Offerle, takes aim during Saturday during Opening Day of pheasant hunting in Kansas

Corey McAvoy, Offerle, takes aim during Saturday during Opening Day of pheasant hunting in Kansas

Pheasant populations in Kansas continue to suffer from the extended drought, according to KDWPT.

Breeding populations dropped across their range from 2012 to 2013 resulting in fewer adult hens in the population to start the 2013 nesting season. KDWPT predicts the best areas this year will likely be pockets in northwest and northcentral Kansas.

Josh Konrade, J.J. Konrade, Roger Konrade, Jeff Stauth, Andy Stegman, Brian Stegman, Corey McAvoy, Casey McAvoy, Jay Chamberlain and Connor Chamberlain hunt together in northern Edwards County.

Josh Konrade, J.J. Konrade, Roger Konrade, Jeff Stauth, Andy Stegman, Brian Stegman, Corey McAvoy, Casey McAvoy, Jay Chamberlain and Connor Chamberlain hunt together in northern Edwards County.

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  • Cole

    They need to close the season for a year or so, or cut the daily limit back.

  • Guest

    The average lifespan of a male pheasant is 18 months, the average male pheasant can fertilize up to 100 hens. Changing the daily bad limit or cancelling the season would have little effect on the population…….there are a lot more birds out there than you realize…..they are just much smarter that you think!

  • Animal lover

    We need to close hunting, & fur trapping seasons forever. This hunter mentality & passing it on to kids just makes Kansas look like we’re still in the stone age. Trapping animals like otters, beaver, bobcats, badgers, & many similar animals for their fur is cruel, & unconscionable.

    • Hunter

      Hunting is a sport so then we need to ban all sports

      • way2go

        Good thinkin.. lets do it

    • But…

      You have to admit, beaver fur IS pretty dang awesome.

      • Animal lover

        I bet seeing the beaver struggling to free itself from a steel trap gets you & hunter off, or is it delivering the coup de grace? What do you two in the off season…go to Great Bend and cut up cats?

        • But…

          If it makes you feel any better, I always eat what I shoot. No part of the beaver should go unused.

    • Kill em all

      Hunting is about the only thing non-progressive republicans have right. If only they would do away with rifles for hunting dear…what a joke to call a rifle hunter a hunter. Killer yes (they can gather meat with the best of them), hunter no.

    • observer

      that may be your view and in a free country you are entitled to your view. but don’t try to force others to live by your view, remember it is a free country

    • BusinessChic

      Wow, really? Do you eat chicken? You do realize it doesn’t just come from the store, right? Would you rather we cage all the animals in slaughter houses and kill them to eat that way? Maybe you should get your high and mighty self off your couch and go for a hunt. You might like it. Oh, and wild game is very good to eat.

      • Animal lover

        What does beaver, badger, bobcat, fox, & coyote taste like? I unknowingly ate dog meat in Vietnam.(didn’t like it) I know dog isn’t wild game but coyote is close. How do you cook your coyote? fry, BQ, or raw? Please, no invites for dinner at your house.

        • BusinessChic

          No, but those animals you mentioned do destroy the crops and other animals that I do eat. They are predators, and their populations need to be thinned to keep them under control.

    • Hays Resident

      Have you ever seen a beaver dam and what kind of damage those rodents do to trees? Have you ever stepped in a badger hole or better yet encountered one in person? If you lived on a farm and cannot keep farm cats around have you thought that maybe you have one to many bobcats living in the area? Fox & coyote are also predators that like to prey on smaller animals & birds. Keeping these under control are the main reason for a trapping season. It’s not JUST for their fur, you would be surprised how many farmers & land owners willingly call us to help trap a beaver or other nuisance animal that is causing problems on their farm/land. But by your comment I can almost bet you are not a farmer/land owner and therefore have never had an problem with any of these animals.
      As far as passing down hunting/fishing to my children, you damn right I’m going to pass it down. Have you ever had deer, pheasant, quail, duck, goose, or any type of fish? If they have a means of providing a protein when times got tough they better know how to do it the correct way. It is when hunting/fishing is not passed down when those people commit illegal acts(ex: poaching or catching over limit) and RUIN it for everyone else.

      • ape

        its a good thing humans were here before all animals were so that we can keep them in check. whew because humans would NEVER screw up this planet, or the eco system

        • Hays Resident

          I never said humans couldn’t screw up the planet because they can do the same damage. BUT we can’t just up and remove those individuals from the earth like these animals (that is a whole other debate) henceforth why I said we will teach our children the proper way of hunting/fishing

      • Animal lover

        I’ll bet your family tree can be traced to the brave & soulless bison hunters who almost wiped out the existence of the bison in order to starve Native Americans. Teach your children about that brave hunter!

        • Hays Resident

          I have no idea if my family tree could be traced back to that and nor do I care… but I am sure almost anyone from around the plains can trace their family tree back to those killings. We will gladly pass on the tradition of hunting/trapping…. you can pass on the tradition that involves buying your food from the store.

  • ape

    i love how all the people who believe in god, try to play god with the thinning of animals