Pheasant Hunting - Turkey Hunting - Quail Hunting - Rooster Hunting - Bird Hunting at The Dunn Deal Hunting Lodge
Many veteran pheasant hunters would rather hunt in late season than fight the early-season crowds. Although the birds "wise up" in a hurry, you can still have good success in late season if you proceed as follows:
•Look for wetlands and other very dense cover areas. As the season progresses, birds seek heavier and heavier cover.
•Try to find offbeat spots, such as a small clump of trees and brush in the middle of a section. Most hunters are not willing to walk this far to work a small piece of cover, so these spots sometimes load up with birds.
• Check any road ditches with dense cover, such as cattails or horsetail. Ditches give the birds easy access to the gravel needed to grind food in their gizzard.
• Work grassy ditches, sloughs or other brushy cover adjacent to newly harvested crop fields. If you watch as a cornfield is being picked, for instance, you’ll often see birds flying into these areas.
• Keep noise to a minimum. Pheasants rely heavily on their hearing to detect danger and will often flush hundreds of yards ahead if you slam your car door or yell at your hunting partner or dog. The birds get jumpier as the season progresses. Noise is not as big a problem on windy days.
• For long-range shots often required in late season, use a modified or full-choke shotgun with high brass, size 4, 5 or 6 shot.