Edgar Castillo

Edgar Castillo is a recently retired law enforcement officer for a large Kansas City metropolitan agency. He also served in the United States Marine Corps for twelve years. Edgar longs for the colors of autumn and frosty, winter days so he can explore the landscapes in search of wild birds in wild places. His passion lies in the uplands as he self-documents his travels across public lands throughout Kansas hunting open fields, walking treelines, & bustin’ through plum thickets.

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A ruffed grouse with one wing left on for game bird identification.
The Many Regulations and Laws of Transporting Game Birds

Understanding the laws and regulations of transporting upland game birds after hunting. The long-tailed birds…

A Band-Tailed Pigeon off in the distance during hunting season.
Band-Tailed Pigeon – An Overlooked Game Bird Opportunity

The West’s most underrated and least-known game bird The band-tailed pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) is the…

A prairie chicken walks in the snow during late season.
Late Season Prairie Chicken Hunting Tactics

Exploring late season tactics for prairie chicken hunting. In another hour, the sun will start…

A bobwhite walking in snow
A Christmas Eve Walk Among Bobwhites

A registry of words and memories in the uplands during the holiday season. The day…

A rooster pheasant sits in a tree in the winter.
How Tough is a Rooster Pheasant?

The pheasant has earned a reputation as a physically tough bird in the upland community…

A bird hunter holds a scaled quail in Arizona.
Choosing Shotguns, Shot Size, and Chokes for Scaled Quail Hunting

Learn about hunting scaled quail with the proper shotgun setup Scaled quail can be very…

A hunting dog retrieves a prairie grouse
How to Identify the Difference in Prairie Grouse on the Hunt

Learn to identify the differences between a prairie chicken and a sharp-tailed grouse. A trio…

A dove sitting on a fence in october
Dove Hunting Tactics for Late Season

October might just be one of the best months to go dove hunting The birds…

two bird hunters with prairie chickens
Hunting Prairie Chickens in September – The Kansas “Grouse” Opener

Mix up your early season with prairie chicken in Kansas During the month of September…

A Virginia rail walking in a swamp
Snipe, Soras and Other Rails: The Misunderstood Birds of September

Get your bird seasons started early with the overlooked game birds of September “They’re just…

A shotgun and shotgun shells on a dove hunt.
What Chokes and Shot Size to Use for Dove Hunting

A look into choosing chokes and shot size as the dove hunting season changes September…

A Scaled Quail in thick cover during bird hunting season.
How to Identify Scaled Quail Habitat

Learn how to hunt the quail of the arid grasslands Hunting scaled quail is different…

a dove hunter loads a shotgun before the hunt
Choosing a Shotgun for Dove Hunting

Weighing the pros and cons of shotguns for dove hunting Dove hunting is perhaps the…

A ruffed grouse walking through snow leaving tracks
Understanding Tracks and Other Game Bird Signs

Identifying clues left in the deserts, mountains, uplands and woods when bird hunting “I’ve got…

Two bird hunters work to safely cross a barbed wire fence
How to Safely Cross Barbed Wire Fences when Hunting

Crossing those barbed-wire obstacles is just a basic part of upland hunting Most bird hunters…

A hunter holds up a Scaled quail while hunting.
Scaled Quail Hunting the Cimarron National Grassland

Hunting blue quail in the Sunflower State If you haven’t heard about the Cimarron National…

A pheasant hunter shows the shotgun he is using in the field.
How to Choose a Shotgun for Pheasant Hunting

Learning what defines a good pheasant hunting shotgun for you The flash of iridescent color…

A group of male pheasant roosters in a field.
Does a Pheasant Call Work?

Is the pheasant call an upland myth? Locating ring-necked pheasants and then getting them to…

Bid hunters hunting on public lands
Tips for Bird Hunting on Public Land

With a little determination and walking, bird hunters can hunt “in private” on public lands…

A bird hunter shoots at a veteran pheasant late in the bird season.
Hunting Heavy Pressured Pheasant

Run, hide, or fly: veteran pheasants have a way to avoid hunters that can be…

A bobwhite quail taken on public lands.
How to Hunt Public Land Bobwhite Quail

How to scout, hunt, and shoot public land bobwhite quail this hunting season Pursuing the…