Hunting at Flint Oak
Old fashion bird hunting is what Flint Oak does best. Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff of guides will offer as much help to the beginner as needed, while giving the experienced hunter time to enjoy the great outdoors with fantastic customer service and dog work. Our fully guided field hunts consist of from one to three (maximum) hunters accompanied by a guide and his or her team of well trained bird dogs. Your guide’s dog team will consist of Pointers, English or Irish Setters, Brittany Spaniels, German Shorthairs or any combination of these fine dogs. The hunt lasts for 3 hours, and involves walking through some of the most beautiful scenery Kansas has to offer, including creeks, hills and oak savannah type cover. There are few things as exciting and enjoyable as watching a brace of well trained dogs course through endless native grass, food plots and Oak, pointing a mixed bag of Quail, Pheasant and Chukar. The old wive’s tale that Kansas is flat is untrue in the Southeast corner of this beautiful State.
If you are not able to walk for that length of time, we also offer vehicle assisted (gator) hunts, which consists of up to three hunters riding a four wheeled vehicle to the dogs on point. You will dismount and walk up on these quivering bundles of energy, flush the birds, then remount your specially equipped vehicle and driving to the next point. We have many hunters well into their 80's who can still enjoy this wonderful sport along with the company of friends and family even though they are no longer able to walk the long distances involved in a traditional field hunt. Magic moments have happened for all involved when we have had up to three generations in the field at the same time experiencing the serendipity of Flint Oak.
Your field hunt will start with our first class guides picking you up at the Lodge at 9:00 for a morning hunt, or 1:30 for an afternoon hunt. On your way to the fields, your personal guide will give a safety briefing to your party to insure all guest are ready for the task at hand. Our guides have the final say as to what is and what is not a safe hunting practice, and will be the ultimate arbiter in the conducting of a safe and enjoyable field hunt. At Flint Oak we take safety very seriously, and pride ourselves in our safety record. Our highly trained guides will make every effort to ensure that each hunter understands where they may and may not swing their gun and they will try to position you for safe, productive shots. The safety of our gun dogs is just as important to us as the safety of our hunters and guides. Your guide will also make sure all understand the importance of never shooting at low flying game.
Proper clothing is essential to the enjoyment of the sport. Flint Oak has a required Blaze Orange policy as well as eye protection for all shooting activities. We require all hunters to wear a blaze orange hat or vest, preferably both, at all times afield. The Kansas weather can change quickly and dressing in layers is recommended. Our "homepage” has a link for a five day forecast that will aid you in packing your gear. A comfortable pair of boots will be needed, along with brush pants or chaps to help turn away the Kansas briars and brambles, a favorite hiding place for upland game. Waterproof boots are a necessity in the winter if there is snow on the ground or if it has recently rained. In cold weather, a coat to carry your shells and game is a necessity, and it should have blaze orange on it for safety. In warm weather, you may only need either a front-loading hunting shirt and a shell belt, or a hunting vest, again with blaze orange for safety. If you do not have these items, forget them, or need new ones, our full line Pro Shop will be able to outfit you from head to toe. When hunting upland birds, it is extremely important to be highly visible to both the guides and your fellow hunters. Upland bird hunting requires the hunters and guides to be close to each other, and during covey rises and flushes birds may fly in all directions. Safety, communication and visibility of the entire party and dogs is the main role of our guides. Our upland bird hunting is a sport that can be an extremely rewarding experience when done properly, and it is our goal to make your hunt safe and enjoyable with memories to last a lifetime.