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land Bird Hunting Forecast," the "2016 Kansas Hunting Atlas" and the "2016 Kansas Hunting and Fur harvesting Regulations Summary." All can be viewed online and/or downloaded. A printed version of the forecast is available at all KDWPT offices, and printed versions of the atlas and regulations summary can be found wherever licenses are sold.
Pheasant and quail numbers were much better last year than in previous years, but overall harvest was still below average. After reviewing data gathered through various field surveys this spring and summer, biologists are predicting this improving trend to continue. Bird numbers may be spotty due to low breeding bird numbers in some areas last spring and local weather conditions this summer, but overall, prospects are good.
Best pheasant hunting will be found in northwest and southwest regions of the state. The best quail hunting, which in some areas could be better than we've seen in many years, will be found in the southcentral and southwestern regions of the state.
All licenses and permits can also be purchased online by clicking on "Licenses and Permits," and they are available over the counter at all KDWPT offices and more than 600 vendors across the state. Resident hunters age 16-74 are required to have a hunting license to hunt pheasants and quail, unless exempt by law. All nonresident hunters must have a nonresident hunting license, unless they are hunting on land they own.
The Kansas pheasant and quail seasons open Nov. 12, 2016 and close Jan. 31, 2017. The daily bag limit for pheasants is four roosters with a possession limit of 16. The daily bag limit on quail is 8 per day and the possession limit is 32. Start planning now because opening day will be here before you know it.
Pheasant hunting season kicks off
With the opening of pheasant hunting season, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that there are a growing number of opportunities to take part in this treasured Michigan tradition.
Pheasant hunting season is Oct. 10-31 in the Upper Peninsula in Menominee County and portions of Iron, Marquette, Dickinson and Delta counties; Oct. 20-Nov. 14 in the Lower Peninsula and Dec. 1-Jan. 1, 2017, in selected areas of Zone 3 in the southern Lower Peninsula. The bag limit is two male pheasants daily, with four in possession. A base license is required to hunt pheasants. 
"A few years ago, Outdoor Life magazine rated Michigan's Thumb in the top 10 places in the country to go pheasant hunting, which points to the fact that pheasant hunting is still alive and well in our state," said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird specialist. "The DNR and our partners are making progress toward creating more quality pheasant hunting opportunities with the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative, a collaborative effort to revitalize Michigan pheasants." 
Stewart, who recently returned from attending the National Wild Pheasant meeting, explained that while pheasant populations have been in decline for several years, pheasants can be found in southern lower Michigan and in some areas of the Upper Peninsula. The best counties for pheasant hunting are in south-central to mid-Michigan and into the Thumb. There are some localized concentrations of birds elsewhere based on habitat availability. Stewart advises hunters to look for warm-season grasses, especially idled farm fields. Late-season hunters can have success in cattail and shrub lands adjoining picked agricultural fields.
The DNR asks hunters to help monitor pheasants and quail in Michigan by becoming a "hunter cooperator" and filling out a survey form, which provides important information about the status of these game birds.  The early-season form should be returned by Oct. 28, and the regular-season report by Jan. 5.
More information about pheasants and pheasant hunting, including recent reports on the status of ring-necked pheasants in Michigan, can be found at  
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative aims to create small-game hunting opportunities, increase wildlife populations, improve hunter satisfaction and help Michigan's economy. Landowners can get involved – and can get technical and financial assistance – by forming cooperatives to create and enhance pheasant habitat. 
"It has been exciting to see what the MPRI coalition of partners has been doing over the last few years to improve pheasant habitat, pheasant numbers and pheasant hunting in southern Michigan," said Bill Vander Zouwen, Pheasants Forever representative and MPRI Coalition co-chair.  "For example, the DNR bought 917 acres and improved thousands of acres on state game areas, Pheasants Forever provided 75,000 acres of habitat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture farm programs provided nearly 100,000 acres of habitat, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped landowners improve close to 3,000 acres.  I am really looking forward to seeing what the next five years will bring."  
Bringing back quality pheasant hunting to Michigan is one way the DNR plans to create world-class recreational opportunities with funding from hunting and trapping license sales.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to
It doesn't take much to gear up for pheasant hunting
Pheasant hunting can put food on the table, supports grassland conservation and is a fun sport that doesn't require a lot of specialized or expensive equipment.
Once you've identified some areas you might hunt – the hunting usually takes place in grasslands or frozen wetlands – there are a few things to consider to make the most of time in the field.
Here are some tips from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Regulations handbook and hunting license
A small game license and pheasant stamp are required. Hunting regulations are covered in the 2016 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook. Licenses are available at the buy a license page  or in person at any DNR license vendor, and handbooks are also available there or online at the hunting regulations page. Hunting licenses are also available by phone, any time, by calling 888-665-4236. Don't forget a $3 Walk-In Access validation, so you can hunt another 23,000-plus acre of private land.

J & L BOYKIN SPANIELS: For information on upcoming litters, stud service, training or just want to talk about the "little brown dogs" just call Jan or Larry Hinchman, Hammond, WI 715-796-5251
CROIXDALE BRITTANYS: Breeding Fld. Ch. Kay-Cee Bandit bloodlines Since 1973. Contact Jim Long, 208 W. Ash St, Roberts, WI 54023 715-749-3158






Outback Gun Dogs: Kirby Rust 785-476-2488 Kensington, KS
Saracen Cockers: Field Bred English Cockers. Due Nov. 9, 2016. Sire: NFC FC Warrener's Chuck-Will's-Widow MH. Dam: Columbia's Abby of Saracen (sire LC Hammer Spitfire SH, dam Ch Columbia's Macey MH). Confident, outgoing puppies, family companions. Excellent field trial/hunting background. Contact: Robert Deihl, Menomonee Falls, WI 262-255-3639

Vom Cranberry Creek Drahthaars: Mike and Wendy Hack, Nekoosa, WI 715-570-1013
BUCKEYE KENNELS: Professional trainer and breeding since 1955. See our dogs and our training products on our website. Dick Geswein, Waterloo OH 740-643-0148
Factoryville, PA 717-378-3357
English Springer Spaniel
Flush 'em High Kennel: See our display adv on page 2. Jim O'Shea, Glendive, MT 717-673-0664
Outback Gun Dogs: Kirby Rust 785-476-2488 Kensington, KS
Vanhorn Kennels: Our goal is to provide high-quality breed lines and excellently trained hunting dogs. Lester & Brenda VanHorn, Crosby, MN 218-546-7018
Can-Am Kennels: Alison's German Wirehaired Pointers Versatile Dogs with Outstanding Natural Abilities Sliver, Alice, and Alison Harycki Thorp, Wisconsin 715-669-3001
Funks Kennels: Gerald Funk 320-732-2714
GET MY POINT KENNELS: John Faskell, New London, WI
Saracen Irish Water Spaniels. Due Nov. 30, 2016. Sire: "Cain" - CH Archwave Another Cain UDX, RAE2, JH, TD, WCX, QVA. Dam: "Bri" - Ch Saracen Diamond on the Snow. Thoughtfully bred for temperament, biddability, working ability, health, conformation. Parents CHIC. Bri is our 8th generation of Ch working IWS, with her sire Paddy (GRCH Saracen Blue Thunder on the Marsh CD JH MHU RN WC WDX QVA) the 2nd IWS to earn the MHU and sire of 1st MHU titled IWS bitch. Cain is the 5th generation of Ch Working IWS. In the background are CH MH dogs, Qualified All Age dogs and Irish FTC. Contact: Robert Deihl, 262-255-3639
Bentwood Labrador's: Two new litters Chocolate, Black and Yellow Labrador Retrievers in North Carolina for Field Trialing, Hunt Test and Hunting for 25 years. Jessie and Helen Crisp, Moyock NC 252-232-2478
BROWNS SPRING RIVER RETRIEVERS: Available soon a great litter with 48 champion titles in these two dogs combined pedigrees. Both are extremely intelligent, driven, hunting machines.Carla Brown, Monett, MO 417-235-8241
CAROLINA TARHEEL RETRIEVERS: Our goal is to breed healthy retrievers for hunting and hunting tests, or just a long lasting friend. Keith Jordan, Creswell, NC 252-394-0313
KIRBY LABRADORS: Gene Kirby, High Point, NC 336-869-5527
OBX Chocolate Heaven: Tim Warren, Jarvisburg, NC 252-619-1921
Rolida kennels: Dave Dahlberg Wheatridge CO 303-232-0456
Turkey Creek Labradors: Bradley Brockhouse, Lake Benton, MN 507-368-4306
Llewellin Setters
Little River Kennels: George Gubitose, Alton N.H. 603-­875-­8804
Outback Gun Dogs: Kirby Rust 785-476-2488 Kensington, KS
Iowa Pointing Labs: Tim & Staci Galeazzi, Knoxville, IA, 515-321-9629

Turkey Creek Labradors: Bradley Brockhouse, Lake Benton, MN 507-530-3638
Brophys Irish Setters: Ruff Family, 815-895-9727 Sycamore, IL
Busch Kennels: Jim and Linda Busch, Home of DC AFC Askim, Winnebago, IL 815-335-7673


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