Pheasant is one of the most popular birds for hunting in America. Enjoyed more often for the sport than for its contribution to the dinner table, it can be quite delicious to eat as well. Whether you enjoy the flavor of the somewhat gamey bird or just enjoy the recreation hunting it offers, there are many tips that can be gleaned from knowledgeable hunters to help you bag your next bird. If you are hunting for the first time or are a seasoned veteran here are some fantastic tips to try on your next outing that are sure to improve your experience and success rate.
Many hunters make a lot of noise, employ raucous dogs, or ramble clumsily through the terrain hoping to scare up some birds to flight without making a planned attack. Pheasants were brought to this country to be hunted, and they have developed some wily maneuvers to help evade capture. Rather than alerting them to your presence with loud calls, shouts, and stomps, try a silent approach that forces them into an escape-free center. This tactic works best with a few more hunter friends, but can be used on a limited scale with just one or two people as well.
Different seasons, times of day, and terrain require different strategies when it comes to pheasant hunting. Knowing the daily habits of the birds in your area is vital to a successful hunt. Pheasants will run for cover long before they fly away from danger, so figuring out the likely escape routes can save you time and ammunition. In dry, hot areas look for water where the birds will have to come. In cornfields or places with lots of ground cover, search out the roosting nests. They are unlikely to stray far from plentiful food sources and seeming safety.
Though it is possible to hunt pheasant without a four-legged friend, it is infinitely easier and more rewarding with a dog lending a paw. They can flush out birds quickly and efficiently, and locate shot birds without fail. There are many fine bird-hunting dogs bred with a natural instinct for hunting, and each has its merits. But, one of the most common and popular breeds chosen is the Labrador Retriever. Not only is this dog hearty, adept, and healthy, it also makes for a great family pet when not hunting. Yellow Labs are a great pick for hot weather hunting, as the fur does not get as hot as a black or chocolate Lab.
Nothing can teach you like experience, no matter how many tips you read or suggestions from friends the best way to learn to effectively hunt pheasant is to practice. There are many hunting clubs throughout America that make it possible to hunt in every season, and with constant breeding and the robust numbers of the species at present it is easy, and fun, to find a club open to the general public where you can sharpen your skills and hone your techniques in time for summer.