Pheasant hunting is one of the most enjoyable hunting experiences you can have. Pheasant is honestly my favorite game to hunt, it also helps that the birds taste really good, so the payoff at the end is there.
If you’re new to pheasant hunting, then you need to know a few things. I’d suggest going out with experienced hunters and learning the ropes from them. You don’t have to hunt with dogs, but doing so will make it a lot more enjoyable.
Beyond that, here are a few other tips to help you along the way.
Plan Your Hunt
I’ve discussed planning ahead of time before. It’s definitely important for a new hunter who is going after pheasants. You should discuss a plan ahead of time with the other people on the hunt and know how you’re going to enter some hunting ground and where you’re going to end up once you’ve covered it.
This will not only make the hunt safe but give you something to adjust in the future as you learn the ground and how the birds work their escape patterns.
Hunt the Same Location More Than Once
Somewhat tied to the first tip is this piece of advice. Hunt the same ground several times. It’s impossible to know the best way to hunt a piece of land the first time you’re out there, especially as a beginner hunter.
Make a point, if you can, of hunting the same ground multiple times. As you do, you can refine and make adjustments to your plan each time you go out. This will help you hone that plan for success.
Many older roosters got that way by waiting out hunters who moved right past them. Patience is key no matter what you’re hunting. Pheasant is no different.
It can be tough if you have an overanxious bird dog, but it should pay off in the long run if you, your fellow hunters, and the dogs all slow down just a little bit to make sure you’re truly covering ground well.
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