RUSSELL COUNTY, Kan. -- For years, the field of native grass was waist-high and full of pheasants.
One Saturday, it was ankle-high and Chris Kaufman and friends saw just one rooster pheasant . . . and didn't get it.
"Tradition is still a tradition," said Kaufman, of Winfield, Kan. "The first field of the season is always the same first field of the season."
Kaufman's host, Rod Meier, blamed a severe August hail storm for the flattened field and its few birds.