Location appeared to be the key for area hunters this weekend at the start of the quail and pheasant season.
Local hunters reported a mixed outing on the first official weekend of pheasant hunting.
Thomas Christie, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Central Junior High, harvested a pheasant and a quail on his first hunting trip over the weekend.
Thomas went to the Frankfort area with his father and mother, Ron and Cindy Christie, and three men -- Scott Waisner, Craig Krambeer and Rodney Hardister.
The group, aided by the Christie's hunting dog, Ring, took 13 quail and 6 pheasants.
Mike Jones, who works in the Journal-World press room, said his party nearly bagged the limit of four pheasants and eight quail, between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday.
He also was hunting near Frankfort, about three hours northwest of Lawrence.
Pheasant season opened Saturday throughout the state and will run through Jan. 31.
Quail season opened Saturday in the eastern zone of Kansas. It begins this Saturday in the western zone, west of U.S. Highways 281 and 56 and Kansas Highway 23. The season also runs through Jan. 31.
Although some hunters reported success, others said windy conditions made for less-than-favorable hunting.
"It was extremely windy," said Les Blevins Sr., who said he hunted pheasant on private land in the vicinity of Atwood.
Blevins said he saw "a lot of birds," probably around 100, in six or seven hours of hunting on Saturday.
But he said the birds were "spooky."
"The hunting, I would say was on the down side," he said.
"There wasn't too many available shots because the birds were spooky," he said. "You almost had to have two dogs working with you, and even then, the birds would get out of range."
Local attorney Andy Ramirez said his party, on a quest near Concordia, found conditions "pretty spotty."
"Obviously there were some people who were having a tremendous amount of success -- we were not one of those people," he said.
"But you don't go hunting for the numbers, you to relax and enjoy the outdoors."