Word from around the state is that most hunters found what wildlife experts had forecast for pheasant numbers. Some had their hunts hampered by standing crops they couldn’t access.
Quite a few smaller groups averaged two to three birds per hunter. Some shot limits by as early as 1 p.m.
Sitting in a sports bar in Great Bend, filing today’s story for The Eagle, I talked with a guy who shot three roosters over his 11 1/2 year-old draathar. The dog can only hunt about 90 minutes a day.
It’ll be interesting to see how many groups hunted in the rain, cold and wind today. At 10 a.m. I called to check on the 13 hunters I wrote about on today’s outdoors page. They’d already shot 13 roosters and everybody was soaking wet.
If the predicted snow comes people should have a field day as the young-of-the-year birds head for thick cover and won’t want to leave.
For those with birds to be eaten, they do well in stir-fry. Cut the meat from the breasts and thighs into finger-sized pieces. The same cuts will also do well dipped in and egg and milk wash and then dusted in seasoned flour and fried.
If you have a bunch of birds you can use the breast meat in about any chicken recipe. The legs and thighs can be boiled down and are great in soups and gumbo.