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10 Gauge Outfitters / 2020 Kansas Upland Hunting Season

2020 Kansas Upland Hunting Season Preview

The outlook for the 2020 Kansas pheasant hunting season is looking to setup to be another great year! With extremely favorable conditions this winter and spring starting out great, we look forward to seeing the bird counts this summer. As reported from the State of Kansas, see last years 2019 projected upland bird forecast.

The tradition of upland bird hunting takes many forms in the United States. Hunters in Kansas typically pursue pheasant, quail or prairie chickens. Upland seasons range from early autumn to mid-winter, depending on the state and species. In Kansas upland game season runs from November through January.

State wildlife agencies determine the length and regulations concerning their respective pheasant seasons. Because most states open pheasant season in the mid- to late autumn. Some continue through the end of the calendar year while others will continue through the end of January. The length of pheasant seasons does not have much if any effect on the pheasant populations. Shooting hours are typically a half hour before sunrise to sunset. Therefore the pheasant season in Kansas usually starts the second Saturday in November and continues through the end of January.

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Pheasant Hunting Recap

Pheasant hunting in Kansas should be fair to locally good this year. Heavy winter precipitation made hunting conditions tough in 2018 but provided ample soil moisture entering the 2019 nesting season. A few late winter storms raised some concern in western Kansas, but the spring crowing index remained the same as 2018, indicating there was no measurable impact on over-winter survival. Heavy rainfall continued throughout the spring and resulted in high levels of nest abandonment. However, nests that did hatch appear to have responded to the plentiful cover with relatively high chick survival, indicated by larger brood sizes. In wet years like 2019, the nesting season becomes longer, allowing for multiple re-nesting attempts. Overall, the large brood sizes, combined with production from re-nesting birds appear to have compensated for the losses from extreme spring weather.

Kansas continues to maintain one of the best pheasant populations in the country and the fall harvest therefore should be among the leading states.

Our Regional Report

Pheasant – Pheasant hunters should expect a great season this year. The spring crow surveys in western Kansas remained positive. Our region has been showing notable improvement by having some of the highest pheasant densities within the state.

Quail – Therefore, quail hunting should also remain great throughout much of the region. Both the spring whistle survey and summer brood survey were strong. As such, the region had the second highest regional index based on the roadside survey this year. Production appeared to be greatly improved with a much higher chick-to-adult ratio.

Pheasant Hunting Season

  • November 9, 2019 – January 31, 2020
  • Areas Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4 roosters

Youth Pheasant Hunting

  • November 2-3, 2019
  • Areas Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2 roosters

NOTE: Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

Quail Hunting Season

  • November 9, 2019 – January 31, 2020
  • Areas Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 8

Youth Quail Hunting

  • November 2-3, 2019
  • Areas Open: Statewide
  • Daily Bag Limit: 4

Greater Prairie Chicken Season

  • Early Season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2019
  • Permit Required
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2

Regular Prairie Chicken Hunting

  • Nov. 18, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020
  • Daily Bag Limit: 2
  • Southwest Unit closed to all prairie chicken hunting
  • Pheasant Hunting
  • $ 595 a day
    • Price is per hunter – per day
    • Hunters arrive after 3:00pm day before hunt
    • Departure after the hunt on last day unless arranged
  • Book Your Hunt

*If clients wish to have dinner upon arrival – Dinner is served at 7:00 pm. Communicate with our staff on your arrival to ensure you have a warm meal waiting for you if you wish.

Included:

  • Guides & Dogs
  • Field Transportation
  • Pheasant Hunt (4 Roosters)
  • Airport Pickup & Drop-off (groups of 4 or more)
  • Sporting Clays
  • Lodging & Meals (1 Night – 1 Day)
  • Satellite TV – Wireless Internet
  • Cleaning and Packaging Birds (additional cost)

Not Included:

  • License
  • Shotgun Shells
  • Kansas State Sales Tax
  • Staff Gratuities

*Non-shooting guest rate $150/per night
*Non refundable deposits required to hold hunting dates

Pheasant Hunting Information

Kansas Pheasant Hunting Season opens the second Saturday in November and runs through to the end of January. This short season means we’re in high demand and full throttle during those weeks so make sure to book as soon as possible.

Kansas has a 4 rooster per day bag limit with 16 in possession for travel. Pheasants in possession for transportation must retain intact a foot, plumage, or some part that will determine sex.

Check the Kansas Dept of Wildlife and Parks website for Licenses requirements. You will need a general Kansas hunting license to hunt pheasant and quail.

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