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
Turkey Hunting Rates & Dates
4 day/4 night hunt — $1,250
4 day/4 night youth hunt — $800
Non-Hunting Guest — $100 per night
Season runs from early April to late May in Unit 5
Youth season April 1st - April 11th, Archery season from April 3rd - April 11th
What's Included in Your Turkey Hunt
Lodging in one of our 2 modern hunting lodges
The Hunt with Our Knowledgeable Guides
3 Excellent meals per day
TURKEY HUNTING AT UPLAND INN HUNTS
Upland Inn offers some exceptional Rio Grande turkey hunts. The wide variety of habitat we have on our 12,000 acres creates some unique hunting opportunities. There is nothing like the thrill of watching a mature tom work his way towards our ground blinds, tail feathers spread and gobbling in the cool spring air. Hunters must use their tricks of the trade to lure their prey into the open. The primary method of doing so is to mimic the call of the hen in order to bring out the toms. This means that hunters must be familiar with the behaviors and calls of the Rio Grande, which, like the other subspecies, total 28, each of which has a different and distinct meaning. These calls include clucks, yelps, gobbles, purrs, rattles, and cackles.
About The Rio Grande Turkey
The Rio Grande wild turkey looks much like the other subspecies of wild turkeys and can measure up to four feet tall, but they have exceptionally long legs and are quite pale in color, with copper being the dominant hue. They have tail feathers and rump and tail coverts that are yellow-, tan-, or buff-tipped, which is lighter than that of the eastern or Osceola subspecies and darker than those of the Merriam’s wild turkey. The hens are similar in appearance and size to the males, known as gobblers or toms, but they are duller and weigh less. The average hen weights about 8-12 pounds, while the average mature tom weighs in at about 20 pounds.
As with other subspecies, the males have a beard on the chest and spurs on the lower legs. Only about 10% of hens have a beard and some may have underdeveloped spurs. Like the other subspecies, the Rio Grande tends to eat a diet rich in plant life and insects, with insects being the primary food for young turkeys and plant life dominating the diet when they mature. This bird likes to hide out in the wooded areas near streams and rivers and with its keen hearing and eyesight, it is a challenge to track down and capture.
A Typical Turkey Hunting at Upland Inn
After a great night of sleep in our modern lodge, you will wake up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee. An excellent breakfast will be ready for you of biscuits and gravy, ham and eggs, or one of the other delicious meals prepared by our cook will give you the energy for a great day of hunting. We will then head out to the fields before first light and get set up in our ground blinds. Generally we will be hunting near old, mature hedge rows surrounded by native grass and agricultural fields. We scout these areas before the season opens to find the most common roosting areas. If we don’t happen to get you a turkey that morning, we will head back to the lodge for a great lunch.
After a short siesta, we will head back out to the fields for an afternoon of hunting until sunset. Once back at the lodge, we will feed you an excellent meal of prime ribeye, lasagna, smothered steak, or one of the other great meals our chef will prepare. Fresh homemade pies will keep a smile on your face until morning. Get comfortable in one of our reclining, heated, massaging recliners as you watch television on our big screen TV’s. Or play a game of pool, darts, shuffleboard, or foosball as you recall the memories of your hunt.
Not Included in Price:
KS hunt license and a turkey tag