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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-22-2014, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody ever hunt prarrie chickens?

I like to take upland bird trips and I am thinking about prarrie chickens next. So my question is has anyone ever hunted them? How and where? Was it a mixed bag? What part of the season. Any info would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-22-2014, 10:35 PM
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Re: Anybody ever hunt prarrie chickens?

I hunted them several times in Kansas. Every hunt was primarily for Quail and Pheasant. When we hunted them we sat harvested grain fields in the evening much like dove hunting. Mostly milo or soy beans. Soy beans being the best. We always hunted late November so walking in on pointed birds did not happen often. Much like dove hunting if you were hunting a field that they have been feeding in and have not been pressured much you were in for some fun. Had a lot of good hunts on Fort Riley.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-23-2014, 12:32 AM
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Re: Anybody ever hunt prarrie chickens?

My experience exactly, except we never sat for them. We just swore at them when they got up too far away to shoot at. We had little trouble getting them pointed but they'd get up as soon as we tried to walk in on the point. Sorta like late season sharptails. It's exciting to know that they're still around though, as they have been for thousands of years.

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Re: Anybody ever hunt prarrie chickens?

Did a sharp tail and prairie chicken hunt last year in SD. Went the second week of the season...late September. It was a good hunt...not a lot of birds because the crops were still up. Got some nice dog work. Hardest thing for me was being able to tell a chicken or grouse from a hen pheasant.
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Re: Anybody ever hunt prarrie chickens?

In 2012 three of us spent the second half of a week long bird hunting trip to Nebraska looking for chickens in the national grasslands in the center of the state. We saw a few chickens, but were not able to harvest any. We did pretty well on sharpies though. I limited 2 of the 3 days we chased them. We were hunting the first week of December and had thousands of acres of public grasslands to ourselves.

Birds were in pretty big groups, but I did manage to shoot birds off some long points.

Nebraska is sharpies, quail, pheasants, and chickens. Though it's tough to find areas where all co-exist.
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