I just got back from the Kansas opener. I hunted private property north of Hays and the pheasant numbers we saw were not at all impressive. We shot lots of quail but didn't do that good on pheasants. It did rain all day on Sunday making the hunting miserable. I still had a great time and have already scheduled my next hunt here in a couple weeks. My 9 year old shorthair is still the man but my 11 month old lab sure showed he is out of good hunting stock. Watching the dogs do great made the weekend a blast.
My buddy and I will be in the Hays area on 12/1 for our first Kansas upland hunt. We will hunting public land. Looking forward to it.
I am from Grand Blanc, Mi, which is about 60 miles north of Detroit. I could be talked into the Russell area. I will look at the guide to see what kind of public hunting land is in the area.