Kansas Preview – Day 1 of the Rooster Road Trip
Monday, November 14th – KANSAS
Welcome to Pheasants Forever’s Rooster Road Trip 2011! This year’s trip kicks off in Kansas on day 3 of the state’s pheasant and quail season. After attending the local Longspur Pheasants Forever chapter banquet in Norton over the weekend, the first day’s hunting will take place in this area of northwest Kansas.
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Daily Limits: 4 rooster pheasants per day / 18 in possession. 8 quail per day / 32 in possession.
Public Hunting Land
The bread and butter of Kansas’ public hunting land, at least from a pheasant hunter’s perspective, are the state’s Walk-in Hunting Access (WIHA) program lands (you can download the 2011 WIHA atlas to your Garmin). The state also manages a host of public wildlife areas for hunting. Local Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters have contributed to many public habitat restorations over the last 20 years, and Pheasants Forever has recently, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, employed habitat specialists at select public wildlife areas to improve upland habitat.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has plenty of options for resident and nonresident upland hunters. A valid Kansas hunting license is required of all residents ages 16 through 64. Nonresidents must purchase a $72.50 nonresident hunting license, except that those nonresidents younger than 16 may purchase a youth nonresident license for $37.50. Anyone born on or after July 1, 1957, must have completed a certified hunter education course, except that youth 15 and younger may hunt under direct adult supervision without hunter education certification. Anyone 16 or older may purchase a one-time deferral of hunter education, called an “apprentice hunting license,” for the same prices as a regular hunting license. This license is valid only through the calendar year in which it is purchased, and the holder must be under the direct supervision of a licensed adult 18 or older.
Pheasants Forever’s Impact in Kansas
Pheasants Forever Members: That will be today’s Pheasants Forever trivia question on Facebook
Quail Forever Members: 1,002
Habitat projects completed by Pheasants Forever in Kansas: 6,500
Total habitat acres improved by Pheasants Forever in Kansas: More than 143,000
My Kansas Memories
My first pheasant hunting trip in Kansas five years ago was squelched by an ice storm. There are better ways to enjoy northwest Kansas than being holed up for three days in a cold hotel room, which I hope we prove on this Rooster Road Trip.
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