As the sun rises over the water, the silhouettes of the decoys begin to take shape, contrasted with the muted pinks and blues in the sky. Huddled in a brush-covered blind, we impatiently wait for the first birds of the morning, hearing their calls long before we can see them. The birds have been flying consistently, and with greater numbers each day. Even though the temperature is close to freezing this morning, enthusiasm is still running rampant.
There's nothing quite like the sight or sound of hundreds of geese as they fill the sky on their way south. There are also few things as satisfying as when they start to descend into the trap of expertly placed decoys. The resounding shots signifying the finality of the purpose of the hunt and the hope that this is only the mere beginning of an awesome day in the great outdoors.
While many hunters look to Kansas for the more popular deer and pheasant hunting seasons, make no mistake that Kansas is a waterfowl state. As part of the Central Flyway migration route, Kansas offers incredible opportunities for waterfowl hunting. In fact, an earlier post (which you can read here ) is completely dedicated to the various waterfowl that migrate through Kansas.
Many of the waterfowl seasons start in the fall, but most run through the first of the year ending in January or February. An ideal winter activity for the entire family, it provides a chance to get out of the house and an opportunity to learn about the great outdoors. Due to the migratory nature of waterfowl, the hunting seasons are regulated by the federal government, so when hunting be sure to comply to both the federal and state regulations.
Photos courtesy of Adam Young and Rooney of First Light Gear.
Elizabeth Peterson is a lifetime resident of Kansas, an avid outdoorswoman, and a new mom. She spends her free time in the great outdoors, hunting and fishing, and writing about her life and passions on her personal blog DeerPassion. You can also find her on Twitter, @DeerPassion.