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Pheasant Hunting vs Quail Hunting: Kansas Wingshooting

Quail vs. Pheasant Hunting at 10 Gauge Outfitters

Are you considering a pheasant or quail hunt? At 10 Gauge Outfitters, we offer both exceptional quail and pheasant hunting experiences. Kansas is renowned for its excellent hunting grounds for both of these upland birds. By booking your next hunting trip with us, you can enjoy a top-notch experience in our comfortable facilities. Our 5000 acres of diverse Kansas terrain, complete with watering holes and brush, attract some of the fastest quail and pheasants, providing an exciting challenge for hunters. In this blog, we will go into detail as to the similarities and differences between hunting quail and pheasant, thanks for reading!

Guided Kansas Pheasant Hunting

Book your trip early and learn why we have the Midwest’s ultimate pheasant hunting location! Daily bag limits for the regular season is 4 pheasants per person, and we are sure to max that limit out for our clients.

10 Gauge Outfitters offers: 

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Identifying Quail and Pheasants in the Field

When you’re out in the field, there are several ways to identify quail and pheasants by their calls, physical features, and behavior. Here are some key differences:


Bird Calls


Pheasants have a distinct “tuc-ka” sound, different from the whistling of quail.  


The Bobwhite Quail’s call consists of 2-3 syllables and sounds like a whistle.

Physical Size and Features


Males weigh around 2-3 pounds, while females average 2 pounds. Pheasants have long tails, about 20 inches relative to their body size. They are medium-sized birds, with males displaying vibrant colors, long legs, and small heads. Their wingspan ranges from 23.5 to 25.8 cm.


Quail are much smaller, weighing between 5-10 ounces, similar in size to a dove. They have stocky bodies, pointed wings, and a plum-colored appearance with white feathery bellies.



During winter, groups can number up to 50 birds but are usually more spread out during other seasons.

Quail Coveys: 

Typically consists of 15-25 birds.

Similarities Between Quail and Pheasants

Despite their differences, quail and pheasants share some common traits regarding diet, habitat, and mating season:



Both quail and pheasants are omnivores. Their diet includes seeds, leafy green vegetation, and insects. At 10 Gauge Outfitters, we cultivate an ideal landscape to support thriving bird populations year-round, ensuring high-quality hunting opportunities.

Nesting Habits

Both birds thrive in high grassy, shrubby plains near water sources. They nest on the ground and prefer areas with abundant seeds and insects. Quail and pheasants both hatch chicks from April to June.

Mating Season

The mating season for these upland birds runs from April to August. Our hunting season at 10 Gauge Outfitters is from November to the end of January, allowing the birds ample time to grow and increase in population during the off-season.

Differences Between Quail and Pheasants

While quail and pheasants share some similarities, they also have distinct differences that are important for hunters to recognize:


Physical Appearance


Pheasants are larger and more colorful, especially the males, which sport iridescent feathers and long, pointed tails. The male Ring-necked Pheasant, for example, has a striking white ring around its neck, along with a green head and red face wattles.


Quail are smaller, more compact birds with a rounded body and a short tail. Their coloration is generally more subdued, with earthy tones that blend into their habitat. Males often have distinct markings, such as the black and white facial patterns of the Bobwhite Quail.



Pheasants are more likely to take flight when disturbed, making them a challenging target for hunters. They also tend to be more solitary compared to the more social quail.


Quail are ground-dwellers and are more likely to run than fly when startled. They prefer to stay in dense cover and will often form tight coveys, especially in colder weather.

Habitat Preference


Pheasants favor a mix of agricultural fields, grasslands, and wetlands. They need taller vegetation for nesting and roosting, and open areas for foraging.


Quail prefer habitats with dense, low cover such as brushy areas and grasslands. They need ample ground cover to protect themselves from predators.

Hunting at 10 Gauge Outfitters

At 10 Gauge Outfitters, we offer quail hunting exclusively with our pheasant hunts. Our thriving agricultural landscape supports large populations of both birds, providing ample shooting opportunities. Booking your hunt with us will challenge your skills against both small and medium-sized flocks. Our experienced guides and well-trained dogs will ensure you have a memorable hunting experience.

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Came out on a prairie dog hunt with a crew of 6. Food was amazing, host were awesome, and hunting was top notch. Had a great time and look forward to the next trip.
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