Upland Inn Hunts
Upland Inn Hunts started in 2005 as a research facility to work with universities and their grad students to find ways to increase upland game bird numbers. With many parts of the US having seen dramatic decreases in their pheasant and quail populations, we wanted to make sure that we invested in the research and habitat to make sure upland game birds would continue to thrive in the Great Plains. With our 12,000 acres, including 21 CRP fields we had the unique opportunity to focus on habitat on a large scale range. By utilizing controlled burns, strip disking, inter-seeding, food plots, and many other habitat maintenance treatments, our goals are to provide everything a game bird needs to thrive (from nesting to brood rearing to over winter survival). By strategically placing our CRP fields around pivot irrigated corn, milo, wheat, and bean fields, we can provide the nesting and roosting cover directly next to a food source that a pheasant desires. We have found that having pivot irrigated agriculture fields bordering our CRP fields helps with survival even during the dryer years.
Located near Greensburg, KS, we are located about 1 hour and 45 minutes west of Wichita, KS, or 45 minutes east of Dodge City, KS. The sandy farm soils of our area provide the perfect mix of CRP, agriculture, and sand hill plum pastures that all wildlife flourish in.
Our CRP fields range from 80 acres to 320 acres in size, providing plentiful habitat. We have several pivot corners enrolled in the CRP program as well. With each field having multiple food plots, the pheasants flock into these prime habitat areas during the hunting season. We have seen up to 800 pheasants during a 4 hour hunt on our best days. We recently set a record on our road side count surveys with 307 pheasants spotted in the 1 hour prior to sunset (survey was taken on September 22nd).
With over 11 years of research data to help with our habitat decision making, we feel we can provide as good of wild pheasant hunting as anywhere you can find in the world. We also noticed that other wildlife have responded positively to our habitat program, with quail, deer, turkey, rabbits, and many non game species having more than tripled versus pre habitat improvement numbers. While we are most proud of the quality of our habitat, and the responding bird numbers, we want to make sure you have the ultimate hunting experience by providing excellent lodging and accommodations along with top notch meals to make this the hunt of your dreams. Our quality pointing and flushing dogs will add the icing to the cake for your dream hunt.
About this trip
Dove Hunting Rates & Dates
Per Hunter/Per Day - $250
Season runs from September 1st to October 31st
What's Included in Your Dove Hunt
Lodging in one of our 2 modern hunting lodges
The Hunt with Our Knowledgeable Guides
3 Excellent meals per day
Use of our hunting dogs or yours
Upland Inn Hunts offers some incredible dove hunts. With the season opening on September 1st of every year, we get the benefit of having the local population to hunt, plus many of the birds from northern states that may have been pushed south to us. Typically we will set up over a small pond with lots of bare ground around edges. In the mornings and evenings, the doves will flock to these water sources. Since we are in sandy soils, there is not much standing water in the area. This limits the amount of areas that the dove can go for water, and produces some fast paced dove hunting. With a liberal limit of 15 doves per day, we can ensure that you get plenty of action during your hunt.
Your Typical Upland Inn Dove Hunt
We start with a home cooked breakfast before sunrise. We will then head to one of our ponds to get set up. With the use of mojo decoys, the doves will flock in from the many corn, wheat, bean, sunflower, and milo fields in the area. Our labs will help with the retrieves of your downed birds. After the action slows down around 10:30 am, we will head back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. We will then head back to the ponds around 3:30 in the afternoon for another evening of fast action. Doves can fly up to 55 mph on powerful wing beats, sometimes making sudden ascents, descents, and dodges, their pointed tails stretching behind them. They can provide a challenging hunt even for the best shotgunners. That evening, we will have an excellent dinner while we reminisce about the great experiences we had that day.
Not Included in Price:
KS hunt license with a a HIP stamp
Ammo - We recommend shot size of 7 ½ or 8’s for dove hunting.