Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Al Ward: Upland Birds a Mixed Bag in Early Weeks of Season

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Al Ward: Upland Birds a Mixed Bag in Early Weeks of Season

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The new pheasant and quail season was a mixed bag of successes and a lot of walking for not many birds.

Micheal Dreher has been going to the Hill City area pheasant hunting for years. This year, he was joined by his son, Dillon, Jim Stachli and four hunters from Tennessee -- Mike King, Terry Ronsse, Russ Keller and Kim Kite. Ed Foster and his son-in-law, Justin Armnecht, of Hill City, also hunted with Dreher.

The Hill City hunt netted 22 pheasants and nine quail. They saw coveys of quail but didn't hunt them hard.

Onis Lemon made his annual trip to Oberlin to hunt the Talley farms. Lemon started hunting with the Talley family 55-plus years ago.

Lemon was joined by his son, David, and grandsons Tyler Lemon and Alex Janata, along with sons-in-law Rob Janata and Ron Hardin, from Colorado.

Their hunt was difficult with some rain and many crops still to be harvested. Jerry Talley and his two sons, Paul and Jeb, were picking corn, as they still had 3,400 acres left to cut. As they were cutting the corn, they could see pheasants running in the rows but the hunters could not get to them. In two-plus days, they bagged six pheasants and nine quail. Lemon's dog, George, did a good job on the quail.

Brady Greeve hunted north of Topeka in Brown County with his two labs and only shot two pheasants and didn't see many birds.

Jeff Tilton and Greg Johnson went to Greg's hometown of LaCrosse. They were joined by four hunters from Derby.

Jeff and Greg have been going to LaCrosse for 25 years. Jeff has a new Brittany that did a good job for the hunters. In two days, they shot 23 pheasants and eight quail and saw lots of birds this year.

Bob Bryant hunted the family farm in Coffee County with his young dog, Reno. Bob only hunted half a day and put up three nice coveys of quail. The hunt was more of a training session rather than shooting birds, and Bob was pleased with the work Reno did for him.

Allen and Brian Joy went to Munder and Narka northeast of Belleville to the area where they were raised. …

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