Reports from the opening week of pheasant season in the Panhandle are that the hunting is outstanding.
Both Paul McElvany of Edmond and Roy Loris of Oklahoma City were just two of the hundreds of hunters who traveled to Texas County for the opening of pheasant season.
Both reported that the birds were plentiful and the hunting remarkable. Paul, 78, has hunted pheasants with his son, Rocky, for 40 consecutive years.
Roy also was hunting with his son, Johnathon, who drove all the way from Texarkana to hunt pheasants with his dad near Guymon. “The birds weren’t holding very good but there were a lot of them,” Roy said. “They were running like coyotes had been after them.”
Both Roy and Johnathon both limited out (three birds) on Saturday by 11 a.m.
The cottontails also were plentiful and Johnathon bagged his limit of 10 in just 28 minutes.
“There were just rabbits running all over the place,” Roy said. “You kicked them up every 30 feet.”
Pheasant season continues through Jan. 31. And rabbit season is open through March 15.