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Bird Hunting in Kansas: A Complete Guide for Hunting Enthusiasts

Are you an avid hunter looking for your next adventure? Whether you’re an upland or waterfowl hunter… or both, Kansas offers some of the best bird hunting in the United States. Kansas is known for its vast prairies and diverse wildlife, making it a popular spot for bird hunting enthusiasts. In this article, we will guide you through the best bird hunting spots in Kansas, the types of birds you can hunt, necessary gear, and regulations.

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Types of Birds to Hunt

Kansas offers a diverse range of birds for hunters to pursue. Kansas is a well known waterfowl and upland bird hunting destination, and is recognized as one of the Top 3 states for pheasant and bobwhite quail hunting. Bird hunting seasons run from mid-November through the end of the year. The great thing about bird hunting in Kansas is you don’t know if it’s going to be a pheasant or a covey of quail that is going to rise next. Some of the most popular game birds in Kansas include:


Pheasants are the most sought-after bird for hunting enthusiasts in Kansas. The state is home to both the ring-necked pheasant and the lesser prairie-chicken. Hunters can hunt pheasants from November to January.


Quails are small game birds that are commonly hunted in Kansas. The state has two species of quail, including the northern bobwhite and scaled quail. Quail hunting season runs from November to January.


Doves are migratory birds that can be hunted in Kansas during the early fall season. Hunters can pursue mourning doves, white-winged doves, and Eurasian collared doves.


Waterfowl hunting in Kansas is incredible! This great state sits right in the middle of the Central Flyway and has some of the largest marshlands in the country. Kansas is also home to various species of ducks, including mallards, pintails, and teal. Waterfowl hunting season runs from October to January.

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Best Hunting Spots in Kansas

Kansas is a vast state with numerous hunting spots, making it challenging to choose the best. Here are some of the top hunting spots for bird hunting enthusiasts in Kansas.

Glen Elder Wildlife Area

The Glen Elder Wildlife Area is a popular hunting destination in Kansas, covering over 12,500 acres. The area has diverse habitats that are home to various bird species, including pheasants, quails, and doves.

Kansas Wetlands Education Center

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is a vast wetland area located in central Kansas. It covers over 5,000 acres and is home to various waterfowl species, making it a popular duck hunting spot.

Clinton Wildlife Area

The Clinton Wildlife Area is a 9,000-acre hunting ground located in northeastern Kansas. The area has diverse habitats, including grasslands, croplands, and woodlands, making it an excellent spot for pheasant and quail hunting.

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