Last weekend’s opening of teal season proved to be one of extremes for most hunters.
Some complained they found too much water.
Others only 30 miles away that there wasn’t enough.
Welcome to Kansas, folks. Mallards and teal flush from a flooded farm field west of Hutchinson Wednesday morning. Hundreds of acres of such water is making teal hunting tough for many sportsmen. In and around the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge hundreds of waterholes are standing in pastures and crop fields ’sfrom up to five inches of recent rains. It’s also been one of the wettest years on record in that area. Most of the shallow pools are holding lots of teal. With plenty of food floating about they’re in no hurry to head towards public and private hunting areas.
Many hunters have reported poor to fair success while seeing lots of birds as they drive to and from Hutchinson.
This morning two friends and I hunted a favored private wetland near Sylvia and were fortunate to shoot our limit of four teal apiece. Mine have a date Saturday evening with a skillet of assorted peppers, garlic, onions and seasonings. I’ll saute them all with a little red wine. It’s one of our favored meals. It’s seriously gourmet-good.
Meanwhile buddies hunting in and around the McPherson Valley Wetlands complain of a lack of water and shortage of birds. Hunters at Cheyenne Bottoms are suffering from the worst of both the wet and the dry worlds. They could use some rain to better habitat conditions and the birds they had opening day flew just far enough south to find the kajillion potholes around Quivira and haven’t returned.