Pheasant thoughts

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.

Hundreds of thousands of such moments were enjoyed across Kansas on Saturday's opening day of pheasant season. Most hunters were pleased with their success.

Hundreds of thousands of such moments were enjoyed across Kansas on Saturday's opening day of pheasant season. Most hunters were pleased with their success.

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.