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Hunter's Information Pheasant Hunting Basics

Pheasant hunting requires some advance preparation. First, you’ll need to do a little preseason scouting; it will pay big dividends later. Most fish and game departments make annual pheasant counts in late summer and publicize the results before the season opens. Study this information; then do a little research of your own. Drive around in early morning or late afternoon watching for birds on the roadsides. When you find a promising area, talk to the landowners and ask for permission to hunt once the season begins.

Make sure you are properly outfitted. General-purpose pheasant-hunting garb consists of a blaze-orange hunting jacket with a good-sized game pouch, brush pants and a blaze-orange cap that makes it easy for your companions to see you in tall cover. Comfortable boots that provide good ankle support are a must for long-distance walking.

Learn two take your time on the shot. When a gaudy rooster bursts from cover with a boisterous cackle, even veteran hunters lose their composure. If you make the mistake of rushing your shot, the bird will fly away unscathed. If you do manage to hit the bird at close range, there won’t be much left of it.

Statistics show that more than 3 times as many pheasants are taken in the first half of the season as in the last. That’s because most hunters want to get the "dumb" young birds. Hunting pressure is normally heaviest on opening weekend and tapers off steadily through the season.

Once the young birds are "educated," hunting becomes much tougher, but the competition for hunting spots decreases greatly. For this reason, many experienced hunters prefer the late season.

Because the birds’ behavior changes so much over the season, your success will improve greatly if you learn to tailor your hunting tactics accordingly.