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A rooster pheasant flushes in front of hunters.
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The long tail feathers of a rooster pheasant rising from a game vest shows a hunter's success.
Brian Weaver, Houston, rests after hunting a field with his dog, Ripley.
Brian Weaver, of Houston, traveled to Kansas for a pheasant hunt with college friends and family.
Chubby, a Labrador retriever, fetches a pheasant on Saturday's opening day of the season.
Guide Rick Tomlinson, center, reminds clients about the importance of safety before they begin hunting Saturday morning.
John Fruendt and other hunters walk a field of uncut milo for pheasants in Rush County Saturday afternoon.
Rick Blooomfield, Aldeo, Tex. readies his shotgun as he nears the end of a milo field.
Blockers wait at the end of a milo field, hoping to get shots at birds that flush far in front of an approaching line of hunters.
Maggie, a Labrador retriever owned by Rick Tomlinson, fetches a rooster Saturday afternoon.
A hunter raises a rooster pheasant to show his friends Saturday in Rush County.
Thick CRP grass held many pheasants on Saturday's opening day.
Guide Rick Tomlinson photographs pheasant hunters and their birds after Saturday's opening day of pheasant season.
Hunters fire at a rooster pheasant as it leaves a field in Rush County.
Many say a rooster pheasant's brilliant plumage makes it the prettiest game bird in America.
Past classmates at Stephen F. Austin University Brian Weaver, left, Gene Hickam, Bill Feille, Steve Fruendt and Dan Parker meet annually for a central Kansas pheasant hunt.
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