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Pheasant vs. Dove Hunting at 10 Gauge Outfitters

Pheasant vs. Dove Hunting at 10 Gauge Outfitters

Are you considering a pheasant or dove hunt? At 10 Gauge Outfitters, we offer exceptional pheasant hunting experiences, with dove hunts available as an add-on to prairie dog hunting. 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 pheasants and doves, providing an exciting challenge for hunters. In this blog, we will go into detail as to the similarities and differences between hunting pheasant and dove. 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.

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Identifying Pheasants and Doves in the Field

When you’re out in the field, there are several ways to identify pheasants and doves 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.


Doves have a soft, cooing call, often heard in the early morning or late evening.

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.


Doves are much smaller, weighing between 4-6 ounces. They have slender bodies, pointed wings, and a grayish-blue color with black spots on the wings and a white edge on the tail feathers.



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


Doves often gather in large flocks during migration but are usually seen in pairs during the breeding season.

Similarities Between Pheasant and Dove Hunting

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



Both pheasants and doves 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. Pheasants and doves 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 Pheasant and Dove Hunting

While pheasants and doves 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.


Doves are smaller, more streamlined birds with muted gray and blue plumage. They have small heads, slender bodies, and long, pointed tails with white tips.



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 doves.


Doves are agile fliers and can be difficult to hit due to their swift, erratic flight patterns. They are often found in large flocks during migration periods.

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.


Doves prefer open fields and farmland, often near water sources. They roost in trees or on power lines and forage on the ground for seeds.

Hunting at 10 Gauge Outfitters

At 10 Gauge Outfitters, we offer pheasant hunting as a primary activity, with dove hunts available as an add-on to prairie dog hunting. 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.

Book your next hunt in Kansas with 10 Gauge Outfitters and discover everything our premier hunting grounds have to offer!

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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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