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Sportsmen are coming from many parts of America to try for a lesser prairie chicken in Kansas. We're the only state with a season on the birds.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Tom Turner, of St. John, explains how they'll hunt a huge pasture to Joseph Herzog.
Rehan Nana took advantage of a business trip to Great Bend to try for a lesser prairie chicken. He walked more than six miles for his one opportunity, despite seeing dozens of others.
After watching more than 100 lesser prairie chickens flush out of shotgun range throughout the day, Rehan Nana finally got a shot at a bird on his last walk of the day.
Michael Pearce with a male lesser prairie chicken. They're possibly his favorite upland game bird in Kansas.
The long pennae feathers mark a male lesser prairie chicken, right, as compared to a female.
Rehan Nana looks out over ideal lesser prairie chicken habitat. The main tactic for hunting the birds is marching many miles across good habitat.
Lesser prairie chicken country is often wide-open and vast.
Lesser prairie chickens are probably the top trophy upland game bird in America. Kansas is the only state with a season and it may end in a few years.
Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever, with the lesser prairie chicken he shot after seeing more than 100 others. It will be the first animal he's had mounted.
A hen lesser prairie chicken.
Joseph Herzog, Stafford, VA, walks for lesser prairie chickens in Edwards County.
Clips of plastic are attached to the top strand of fences to make them more visible to flying lesser prairie chickens. Annually some birds are killed flying into fences.
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