Larry Galvan shooting all five Kansas big-game animals is impressive, but not the only grand slam-style accomplishment to which hunters and anglers can aspire.
Access can be a problem for lesser prairie chickens in western Kansas, as could the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service possibly placing the birds on the threatened species list.
Scaled quail are the real toughies because their range is so limited, and their habitat often immense.
Still, those who walk enough miles on the Cimarron National Grasslands can succeed eventually.
An upland bird grand slam in one season is solid accomplishment. Doing it in one week would draw a lot of envy.
Killing a Rio Grande from about Pratt westward isn’t too tough, nor is shooting a Rio Grande/eastern hybrid. They roughly live from about Pratt to the eastern two tiers of counties. Pure easterns along the Missouri border aren’t too hard if you have access to good land.
The real challenge is the Rio Grande/Merriam’s hybrid of extreme southwestern Kansas. As with scaled quail, there’s always the Cimarron National Grasslands.
Things like raccoons, opossums, muskrats, skunks and beavers are about gimmes, with some added skill needed for bobcats, badgers, mink, weasels, red and gray fox.
The two biggies would be the tiny swift fox of far western Kansas and the river otter of eastern Kansas.
A realistic list would include Canada, white-fronted, Ross and snow geese. Puddle ducks would be mallard, pintail, wigeon, gadwall, shoveler, wood duck and blue and green-winged teal.
Diving ducks would be redhead, canvasback, bufflehead, ruddy duck, scaup and ringneck.
You could add the three species of mergansers, but only if you’re willing to eat them.
Let’s go with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, black and white crappie, white bass, wipers and striped bass, walleye, saugeye and sauger, flathead, blue, bullhead and channel catfish, rainbow trout, northern pike, bluegill, redear and green sunfish.
Catching at least one of each species on the same lure, even in a lifetime, would be impressive, too.