I have been invited to go on a hunt in Liberal, Kansas and I will be taking Gunrr. I am just investigating and would like to know what to expect. Iknow it will be colder, we are from the Tx. hill country, but what is the land like up there? Do I need dog boots, vest etc. I would also like some tips for going from quail and dove to pheasant. I hear it can be a big difference. Any help would be appreciated. If you are from up there would you mind e mailing me and maybe we could converse. '
What time of year are you going? Even into November you could have temperature ranges from 70's to 20's. My dogs have always been started and hunted on pheasants in NW Iowa, but never had trouble picking up quail and partridge in central Iowa. There was one time when Charlie followed a scent down a draw for 1/4 only to have iron weeds explode and he came running back to me. Biggest bird he ever found and the damn thing was gobbling the whole time.
That part of the state is pretty dry and sandy with lots of agriculture. You will probably find quail around there but they have been hit pretty hard the last few years.
As everyone has said it can be real hot any time of the hunting season. It's usually warm until mid-season being chilly in the morning with nearly t-shirt temps during the day. Bring boots in case you get into sand burrs.
Your dog will figure out pheasants pretty quick. Just don't expect to shoot every bird over solid point. If your dog works the bird well and it wild flushes, shoot it. I typically expect to shoot less than half of my pheasants over point especially after the first weekend. That doesn't mean the dog did not work them well.
What time of the year will you be going?