Pheasant and Quail Populations in Kansas 2013
With severe drought and heat in recent years, some parts of Kansas have suffered through more significant declines in pheasant and quail population than others. Dismal outlooks are offset by positive forecasts if a search is performed in the right location.
Some spring rains in 2013 coupled with a later-than-usual wheat harvest may have some favorable conditions for nesting and upland bird production in many parts of Kansas.
Tim Weddington, owner and guide for 10 Gauge Outfitters in Kansas, said, “I’m seeing more birds than last year. There’s an upswing in pheasants.”
Weddington has also observed several coveys of quail on land leased for 10 Gauge Outfitters.
In dry years, birds naturally seek out the water sources. Clients at 10 Gauge Outfitters will hunt in the areas of consistent water resources: irrigation circle corners containing wheat stubble, milo stubble or CRP are prime habitat areas.
“All of my places we hunt pheasants on are built for pheasants; it’s pheasant hunting habitat,” said Weddington. “We plant strips of CRP or milo as well.”
Attracting and providing cover and food for birds can help maintain healthy populations year after year.