The state of Kansas holds a long tradition of hunting the ring-necked pheasant. According to the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Kansas ranks in the top 3 or 4 states as a top destination for pheasant hunting every year. In its current format, pheasant season opens the first Saturday in November and runs through the last day of January. During pheasant season the daily bag limit is four male pheasants known as roosters or cocks. Every year, hunters come from all over the U.S. to hunt opening weekend. In 2014, the long season and millions of acres of crop and CRP fields, Kansas will offer unique opportunities to hunt late in the season.
The tradition of upland bird hunting takes many forms in the United States. Hunters in different regions typically pursue similar birds. Some examples include pheasant, quail, woodcock, grouse, prairie chicken, and chukar. In most regions comprised of wilderness or crop fields, hunters usually pursue only one or two species native to a specific area. For example, in many parts of Kansas, licensed hunters can sometimes shoot ring-necked pheasants and quail in the same CRP field. In “controlled shooting areas,” hunters have the opportunity to shoot multiple species. Most upland bird seasons range from early autumn to mid-winter, depending on the state and species.