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gsh lover

Member
Where is everyone going for the opener? We are heading to Dodge City, for the 38th year in a row.
Have been hunting the same piece of land for 37 years. Have had bad years, and good years, this is the smallest group that we have had in several years. Just mostly us older farts, with a couple of 30 year olds.
supposed to be a late hatch this year, we will see, just like seeing the different landscape for a couple days.
Windmills from hell lol

Good Luck and safe travels, and if your in Dodge, and see Crawford Co plates, honk !
 

turtle

Member
Just got a call from my farmer/ hunting buddy. I have to decide now whether or not to go. He is done with harvesting and saw very few birds. He thinks the hail this summer got them.
 

akp

Member
Will be in Kiowa and Edwards county with my dad and son and a friend and his son and my two shorthairs. Ol Buddy is almost 13 and will I enjoy every minute I get to spend with him this season. He’s been a dandy. Have fun, shoot straight, and be safe everyone!
 
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KsHusker

Member
I've sat out the opener for a few years - too much stress and competition to hunt WIHA and public opening day and too many RUDE people hunting the same places.

We lost our private land contacts for private a few years ago - the little private I have access too I normally never ask until Dec or January.

So my season really starts end of November or sometimes December on. Farmers seem more approachable after rifle deer season is over -- I'm guessing they just think I'm crazy to be out that time of year so they feel sorry for me....ha!
 

s.davis

Member
I’ll be in SW. I have pretty low expectations, as the entire pheasant belt is down, and Kansas opener is always the worst hunt I have there all season. Down is the new normal for pheasants, and I don’t think it will get any better. I’ll hunt them til their gone, and I’ll hunt KS til the residents ban out of staters.
 
We are going to hunt Rooks and Graham counties. Birds were pretty decent last year with most of the Milo still up. Looking forward to being able to hunt for 5 days with good friends good dogs and beautiful country.
 

cheesy

Active member
Our small group will be battling the crowds. We always seem to get some. Hopefully we do this year.
 

matto

Member
Our group is a little smaller this year too. It will be 8-9 people. We'll hunt a mix of WIHA and private in SW Kansas. I'm pursuing a few more private connections, maybe they'll work out, maybe not. Later in the season with smaller groups is usually better, but the social side of opening weekend is enjoyable.
 

Jonjhawk

Member
How’s the warm weather on Saturday going to affect everything? Planning on hitting north central. Don’t know about the numbers but will have fun regardless
 

Skeet Mc

Member
Myself and four other hunting buddies will be in the SW for the opener. Hunting mostly private but will hit some WIHA early. Good luck to all of you, have fun and be safe.
 

smizell

Member
Heading to northcentral/northwest our group is smaller, but we added one of the guys son. He is 13 and is excited, I just hope that we can produce some birds for him. From what my farmer is saying, harvest is done and pheasants are down. I don't care much about the pheasants, I just hope that the quail are still decent.
 

Nick

Member
Heading to northcentral/northwest our group is smaller, but we added one of the guys son. He is 13 and is excited, I just hope that we can produce some birds for him. From what my farmer is saying, harvest is done and pheasants are down. I don't care much about the pheasants, I just hope that the quail are still decent.

Great that you are getting a young hunter out! I hope he has some success.
 
going to skip on the opener. I'll head up from Texas after the weekend to hunt during the week-going to watch for the "cooler" weather days.
 

John1743

Member
Headed from Central Kentucky to NE Kansas. Will hunt combination of WIHA and private. Taking 10 dogs- mix of English Pointers and setters. Always enjoy the trip and seeing old friends. This is our 8th trip to the area in about 10 years.
 

btdtst

New member
Hate to be a downer but, in speaking with our tenant farmer that harvested nearly 5000 acres of corn and another farmer friend (and he is also a big time hunter which is unusual for a farmer) that harvested nearly that much, between the two of them they saw exactly two (2) pheasants and only a couple of small coveys of quail. Land is spread over 5 different counties.
 
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