We are !!! Do you hunt on private/public land in Kansas? My son-in-law etc is going hunting with his 1+ year old German short-haired pointer. Been working with him almost daily. I think he is really going to be something special. Full of pi&& and vinegar and raring to go...
Cannot wait but we have to. In the meanwhile, going to the Ark below Pueblo this week (after getting Halloween decorations up). Going to keep my eyes peeled and my trusty sidearm handy. -)
I am excited to switch gears from chasing black bass to chasing upland birds.
I look forward to loading up my Setter pup and hitting the ground.
While I was cooking dinner last night, a show featuring pheasant hunting came on the channel I was watching and every time a rooster would either flush or cackle, little Zip would freak out and start pointing the television.
Sorry to hear about your golden. As many dogs that have come and gone in my life, it never gets any easier saying good-bye. :(
You've got that right Coyute! It's been many, many years now since I had to put down my Golden Retreiver/Lab mix Ginger. I haven't thought about her in a long time, and fins' post brought back a flood of memories for me. She was the darndest dog I have ever owned, and was great on both pheasant and waterfowl. Her only flaw was that she wouldn't retreive a downed bird if I could walk to it! She'd put her paw on it an "hold" it until I got there! Used to frustrate the heck out of me. Now if I fell a bird in a cornfield, she'd be on it like a fly on stink, and wouldn't give up until she found it and brought it to me. I'm going to try to get together with my son and hunt Colorado for pheasant this year. He has a lab that may (or may not) work out for us, we'll just have to see. Thanks again finsandfeathers... Ski
oley, we hunt both private and walk-in areas in Kansas.
We have had connections up there for over 30 years, so we have gotten to know the farmers pretty well. Most of the time if you ask, you can get on, pretty laid back people. Kansas also has a great walk-in program.
We have hunted out there so much, we made our own maps of the area and have fields and draws named after memorable things that have happened in those fields over the years.
Examples: Rooster draw (a draw that we never strike out on), Deathmarch draw (a draw we pushed bird after bird up while battling an intense in your face blizzard with high winds, blowing snow and sub zero temps), wallet field (one of our buddies lost his wallet in the field and we found the dam thing!), CIggarette draw (a draw the same buddy who lost his wallet in another field was posting for us working our rear ends off driving to him and birds started flushing in his face while he was smoking a cigarette with his gun still in the car).
And we have many more, we have made lots of memories out there, lol.
O yaaaaaaa!! Can't wait. Got my real first bird on the last trip last year. Our GSP is getting better every trip. She has not had any real training but she loves working. We go to Yuma/wray/holleyoke area. Last year we saw more birds than ever. Hopefully the drought has not been that hard on the birds. Might get one trip out to Nebraska.
I cant wait either, My dogs are chomping at the bit. Got them a little workout Dove hunting, but big fat ditch chickens are what we're waiting for. If you guys are interested, we are booking fully guided Pheasant hunts on some prime properties in Kansas, just a few hours from the Springs and Denver. $185 per gun, per day, 3 gun minimum, includes guide,dogs,lunch, and access to some great bird ground. Check us out at [log in for link] or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Either way good luck to all of you fellas and please share some pics!! I was lucky enough to get my wife and myself on 2 antelope bucks Sunday, and hoping to fill 2 doe tags before Friday. I love this time of year!!
Reply by: oley Posted: 10/10/2012 12:02:27 AM Points: 191
Ah yes, memories are what makes all the trips we take well worth while. Whether it's the trip where the only bird we got was the one that our car hit and put a hole in the radiator to the trip to Nebraska all alone when I left way, way before dawn and got back well after dark, exhausted, but with three pheasants and GREAT food all the while driving my brand new Opel Manta, price $2500. Yeah, I'm that old... -)
Marty, the possession limit is 4 times the daily bag so 16 roosters in Kansas.It doesn't state it online that I could find either but you can call the licensing dept. and they can confirm that for you if you want. The KDWPT is always very helpful over the phone for non resident questions. Hope that helps man!