Traditional Pheasant Hunting
Traditional field hunts have been our specialty at Ringneck Ranch for over 30 years. With our cover development and over 10,000 hunting acres of prime upland game bird habitats, we are able to provide an opening day experience every day. Pheasant season at Ringneck Ranch runs from October 1 through the first week of March. Each hunting party is allocated one of our staff that acts as a guide and dog handler along with a 4 door four-wheel drive truck for the duration of your stay at Ringneck Ranch.
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To book a pheasant hunt or other game hunt, go to our contact page or just give our office a call! 785-373-4835
Kansas Pheasant Hunting at Ringneck Ranch vs. South Dakota Pheasant Hunting
How we compare to our northern neighbors:
- Milder weather all hunting season
- Longer pheasant hunting season
- On-site quality lodging, accommodations & dining
- Price comparable
- Closer for most guests from the lower, midwest and coastal states
History of the Pheasant
The Chinese Ringneck Pheasant was introduced to Kansas early in the last century and it has thrived in the agricultural environment of the north central portion of Kansas. The advent of the conservation reserve program of the 80’s in establishing large tracts of warm season grasses for brooding and nesting generated the last great surge in harvested populations.
In 2003, we saw a continuing recovery of our native pheasant numbers after 4 successive years of severe drought, which stifled successful hatching and brooding. Weather and habitat fluctuations cause annual variations, but Kansas consistently ranks among the top states as a pheasant hunting destination.
Historically, best regions are the northcentral, northwestern, and southwestern parts of the state although some good pheasant hunting can be found in the central and northeast, as well. Local populations in a given year are largely dependent on weather. Upland hunters are likely to encounter pheasants throughout Kansas, except in 15 southeastern counties where pheasants are absent.
A liberal season stretching from the second Saturday in November through January 31 allows hunters ample time to enjoy the pursuit of these wily birds. Hunting strategies change as winter approaches. The first few weeks of the season are often marked by mild temperatures and good success because pheasants are at peak populations and young birds are inexperienced with hunters. However, birds wise up quickly and become harder to pin down as weather becomes colder. Fewer hunters brave severe conditions, reducing the competition and allowing pheasants to settle back into their normal routines. A snowstorm can be a great advantage for the hunter, concentrating birds in areas of heaviest cover.
Many veteran pheasant hunters prefer the late season. Hunting tactics change throughout the day, given a pheasant’s rather predictable movement patterns. Pheasants leave roosting areas at sunrise, often stopping to pick gravel along roadways before feeding in crop fields. Corn, soybeans, and milo stubble are preferred feeding sites. After feeding for an hour or two, pheasants may return to roosting cover or move into grassy cover adjacent to feed. Loafing through midday hours, they return to feed in late afternoon before flying to roost at sunset. Bird movement seldom exceeds half a mile during the day. Knowing these patterns helps a hunter be in the right place at the right time.
Keith & Zach continue the new habitat development projects. We are establishing new quail buffer and filter strip CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) along with feed and cover plantings. Extensive food cover plot plantings have been cultivated on the 5,000+ acres that are regularly utilized for our upland gamebird hunting. Added to the previously under-utilitized Watson valley hunting area is a wonderful 1-1/2 mile creek drainage where we are establishing CRP filter strips in conjunction with the FSA (Farm Service Agency) programs. Also, we are undertaking a significant program to embellish habitat development at the Blue Hills Lodge area. Our guests have become comfortable in our established areas, but we are delighted to be able to provide some new hunting adventures! Some information is from KDWP’s Kansas Outdoor Review.