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Ever hunt prairie chickens?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by parsec, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. parsec

    parsec

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    Topic basically says it all. Are these birds generally easy to hunt (i.e. will they take off if they see you, or are the dumb as a post)? Do they yield much meat? Are they worth the effort?

    I'm just asking out of curiosity really. I saw Colorado allows hunting of these critters in one county and it peeked my interest.
     
  2. ThreadKiller

    ThreadKiller Socialism Sucks

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    Yep but it's been awhile. Loads of 'em out in the Nebraska Sandhills (along with Sharptail Grouse.)

    They're not difficult to hunt except for walking up and down all them hills out there. We'd always try to walk into the wind and surprise 'em as we crested a hill.

    The only problem was, and is, I never found a way to cook 'em that I liked. VERY strong dark meat. I'd almost toss my cookies when I gutted 'em out. VERY pungent innards.

    I love huntin' grouse and love walking the Sandhills even more. I guess I could just tote along the old Yashica and leave the Browning at home.

    Not as much fun though. :(

    Tim
     

  3. snakeman

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    I hunt them in Kansas all of the time. In Ks there is an early season for them and then a later season. The early season for them is in September if I remember right. That time of the year you hunt them just like pheasant or quail. In the later season, which runs with the pheasant and quail season, you figure out where they are feeding and roosting and sit somewhere in between and shoot them when they fly by. Last season before I moved to Texas we got two big snow storms and we would spot them in the field and stalk them. They are fun to hunt and I like to eat them as well, but like was said, they are a strong tasting dark meat.


    snakeman