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2013 Banquet Recap

On the evening of Thursday, March 7, 2013 we held our annual banquet. It is with much excitement and appreciation that we’re thrilled to announce that this was a record-setting banquet year for Johnson County Pheasants Forever.

More than 225 folks came out that night in strong support of the event. On account of the generosity of this record crowd we’re very pleased to announce that the event’s gross revenue came very close to $40,000. Thanks to the PF model in which banquet funds stay local, we’ll be reinvesting in the youth, education, shooting sports, habitat and conservation efforts both close to our Kansas City home and throughout all of the great state of Kansas.

This event would not have been possible without each person who attended, and without the strong support of our corporate and individual donors. Our sincere thanks goes out to those who support the mission of Pheasants Forever both nationally and in the state of Kansas.

Kansas Survey on Pheasants

Western Kansas has one of strongest breeding populations in history; breeding season drought may offset good news

Following the outstanding 2010-2011 pheasant season, spring surveys revealed good pheasant populations going into the 2011 nesting season. From April 25-May 15, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) conducted its annual spring survey of pheasants. As the mating season approaches, roosters increase crowing, and KDWP staff drive established routes to listen for the birds. Pheasant routes are set up along 20-mile transects, with at least 2 miles between each of 11 stops. At stops, observers listen for two minutes and count all the audible two-note crows heard from male pheasants. The average number of crows per stop across each management region is calculated and used to assess how population numbers have changed from previous years.

Click here to read the full story.

Kansas 2010 Upland Bird Forecast

Kansas has released it’s annual bird forecast. Looks like a promising season. Check out the report by clicking here.

Dove Hunting

The first week of September is always the unofficial kickoff of the Autumnal bird hunting season. And the quarry for this early hunt are those acrobatic, grey streaks in the sky – mourning doves.

This past weekend found me and a handful of pals in North Central Kansas. It’s 4 pm. The day is dry and warm and the wind blows strong; I can feel the grit crackle between my teeth. We’re hunkered in the tall grass and thistles that line a stock pond in the middle of a pasture. Across the gravel road is a brown field of harvested winter wheat. And while there aren’t many doves around our pond, we can see them flying low in large flocks as they scour the wheat field for waste grain.

And then, with a blur and a bang the first dove of the day crests the dam, is hit with a single blast from my companion’s 870, and splashes into the pond. The birds continue to come in singles and pairs for the next couple of hours until around 6 o’clock when the shadows begin to grow longer as the sun sinks lower in the sky. With the heat and light of this late summer day relenting, the doves, stuffed on wheat, begin to come in for their evening drink.

Big mistake.

Soon the oranging sky is dotted with doves in every direction. Flocks of a dozen birds are trying to land right on top of us. The routine repeats itself again and again:

Spot an incoming flock of ten birds at 200 yards. Their wingbeats are unmistakable. Flap, flap, glide. Flap, flap, glide. Three peel off to the left at 160 yards. Flap. Two veer to the right at 100 yards. Flap. Two more split off at 50 yards. Glide. At 40 yards I’m tempted to blow my cover and start firing. But I wait for just a few more wingbeats before I focus on the lead bird, ignoring the other two. Time slows. Flap, flap, glide. I start to swing the muzzle an instant before standing and raising the stock to my cheek. I trace the bird’s path and pull ahead, putting five bird’s lengths in front of his beak. At the shot, a puff of feathers catch the breeze and the dove falls gently to the ground in a long cartwheel.

I stroke the delicate plumage of his breast with my gloved hand. His feathers are pastel gray and brown with a touch of white all smudged together. I admire the coral color of his feet and his slim black bill. Gently I stuff him in my game bag. As I reach for my shotgun something in the distance catches my eye.

I freeze.

Four more doves are at 80 yards and closing fast.

Tunnel vision on the lead bird.

Flap, flap, glide.

Kansas Survey Shows Bird Numbers Stable

From April 25-May 21, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) conducted its annual spring survey of pheasants in the Sunflower State. As the mating season approaches, roosters increase crowing, and KDWP staff drive established routes to listen for the birds. Data from this survey, combined with the summer brood count survey in August, helps determine the outlook for the fall pheasant crop.

This year’s spring survey period was six days later than normal due to poor weather. Overall, numbers along 22 of the 46 comparable routes increased, 22 decreased, and two were unchanged from last year. Rangewide, the 2010 Pheasant Crowing Survey (PCS) index was 19.3 crows per station, a statistically insignificant increase of 1 percent from last year.

Click here to go to the KDWP website and to read the full report.