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The Kansas City Star

Kansas hunters celebrated the resiliency of the pheasant Saturday

Just three years ago, many worried about the game bird's future.

Pheasant numbers were down sharply in the midst of a drought, and it showed during the hunting season. Hunters took only 426,000 birds, one of the lowest yearly totals in recent times.

But it hasn't taken long for the pheasants to come back. Aided by favorable spring weather, the birds pulled off a good hatch and have again built an impressive population, befitting of a state with a national reputation for pheasant hunting.

“Randy Rodgers, a wildlife biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, said, “I wouldn't be surprised if we have a harvest of up to 800,000 birds.”

Hunters shot 650,000 pheasants in Kansas last year.

• GATHERING PLACE: The allure of the Kansas pheasant opener was especially evident near Glen Elder Reservoir in the north-central part of the state.

More than 100 hunters gathered at Rader Lodge, a commercial hunting operation, to chase wild birds with 10 guides.

Hunters from their teens up to age 80 participated. They represented states from Pennsylvania to Texas.

“We had one family that had three generations hunting with us,” outfitter Jeff Rader said. “This is our 18th year of business, and some of these hunters have coming here that entire time.”

The group found plenty of birds.

Business owners in Belleville, Kan., were eager for the pheasant and quail seasons to open. The same was true for most of rural Kansas.

“We're usually booked up a year in advance, and we're almost booked for next year already,” said Joyce Meyer, manager of the Plaza Motel in Belleville.

Hunting season brings one of the few busy times for restaurants, motels and stores in an area that has seen dwindling rural populations and factory closings.

Communities also add special events. Signs in the Plaza Motel office advertised luncheons and suppers hosted by the community for hunters. Some people rent rooms in their homes to hunters because motels are full.

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