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Pheasant Hunting Basics

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Unknown June 06 2019

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Pheasant hunting requires some advance preparation. First, you'll need to do a little preseason scouting; it will pay big dividends later in the season. Most state game and fish departments make annual pheasant counts in late summer and publicize that information and results before the season is scheduled to open. We recommend studying this information; then you can do a little research on your own. Drive around in the early morning or late afternoon on gravel roads, watching for pheasant's on the roadsides. When you find a promising area, talk to the area landowners and ask for permission to hunt when the season begins.

A properly fitted hunter is a smart hunter. The proper pheasant hunting apparel consists of a hunting jacket with a large game pouch, brush pants and a blaze-orange cap, which makes it easy for your friends or family to see you at all times in dense or tall cover. Comfortable hunting boots that provide good ankle and leg support are a must for long-distance walking.

Teach yourself to take your time on each shot. When a big rooster pheasant bursts from cover with a loud cackle, even many veteran hunters lose their composure. If you make the mistake of rushing your shot, the bird will fly away untouched. If you do manage to hit the bird at a very close range, there won’t be much left to take in to the house at the end of the day.

Statistics show that more than 3 times as many pheasants are taking the first half of the season, as in the last. The uneducated, young pheasants are harvested first. Hunting pressure is normally heaviest on opening weekend and gradually taper’s off through the season.

Once young pheasants become educated, the pheasant hunting becomes tougher, but the competition for pheasant hunting spots decreases greatly also. For this reason, many experienced pheasant hunters prefer late season pheasant hunting.

As the pheasants behavior changes greatly over the course of a season, your pheasant hunting success will improve greatly if you learn to tailor your pheasant hunting tactics accordingly.