Pheasant season opened Saturday, and dozens of hunters got an early start with breakfast at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall. Serving of the organization’s annual Community Breakfast began at 5:30 a.m.
Members estimated about 150 people stopped in over the next three hours. The breakfast was a fundraiser to support the Knights of Columbus projects.
One hunter, Brian Wilborn, was there with his father Keith and his son Nolan, along with Nolan’s friend Holt Hanzick. With three generations of hunters represented, they left the breakfast with a thermos of coffee prepared to travel to the northeast part of Barton County.
Keith Wilborn and son Brian have been hunting together for at least three decades, and Nolan has been hunting with them since he was old enough to carry a gun. We asked what they’d heard about this year’s prospects for pheasant hunters.
“I think it’s going to be spotty in places,” Keith said, but noted that isn’t unusual. “But certainly better than last year.”