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The tall grass prairies of the Smoky Hills now hold Kansas' best populations of greater prairie chickens.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
A flock of prairie chickens fly from a feeding area back to a broad Smoky Hills pasture.
Jim Reid, of Wichita, with one of two greater prairie chickens he shot in the Smoky Hills of north-central Kansas.
A rare sight in the Flint Hills, dogs can still find prairie chickens to fetch on hunts in the Smoky Hills.
Benton Boyd, left, and Nick Neff gather gear after a successful prairie chicken hunt in the Smoky Hills.
Hunters await flights of prairie chickens, using large bales of hay for cover.
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