What State Rules the Upland Roost?
There is no doubt South Dakota rules the roost when it comes to pheasant harvest. Year in and year out, hunters bag between 1.5 and 2 million roosters in SoDak. In fact, SoDak’s rooster kill is twice as high as the second closest state in most years.
On the bobwhite quail side of the ledger, Texas typically knocks down the most bobs and adds desert quail and pheasants to the mix. Ruffed grouse are led by Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin. California quail . . . you can guess that one.
So, if a bird hunter were to look at the big picture of all upland bird species across all the states, what state offers the most shooting?
In my estimation, Kansas hunters shoot the most birds of all upland species combined.
In most years, Kansas registers as the #2 pheasant harvest state and the #2 bobwhite quail harvest state. Add both species of prairie chickens to the mix and Kansas may not offer as wide a variety of species that some western states (Montana, Idaho, or Oregon) boast, but the total number of birds shot each year is likely tops in the “Jayhawk State.”
With this bit of trivia in mind, I admit to having never hunted in Kansas. That will change on the final day of Pheasants Forever’s Rooster Road Trip this November 13th. I can’t wait!
Okay Texas and SoDak, let’s hear your counter-arguments.
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.
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