WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of hunters came to Kansas for the opening of pheasant season this past weekend, benefiting hundreds of businesses and philanthropies. Mike Miller, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism information chief, told The Wichita Eagle that pheasant season — especially opening weekend — is an important economic boost. The season began over the weekend and will run through January 31. He says up to 50,000 hunters were expected to hunt on opening weekend. He also said that traveling hunters spend a minimum of $150 per night for rooms, meals and gasoline. Miller estimates hunting adds about $400 million to the Kansas economy, and "a lot of that will come on opening weekend." This year, the state's best pheasant populations seem to be in southwest Kansas, but experts report improved populations in central and western Kansas too.