Pheasant hunting is far from easy. In order for you to have a successful hunt, one has to research, plan, understand human behavior in relation to pheasant behavior and well, work hard. Some hunters regard it as being a mental game as much as it is a physical one. Here are 10 tips to heighten your chances of success when it comes to pheasant hunting.
1) Map Out The Area
Once you have a location in mind, you should become familiarized with it. Why? The features of the land will affect your hunting tactics.
2) Think Like A Pheasant
Your chances of success will be higher if you think like a pheasant. Being a ground bird, it tends to flee on its feet and use its wings as a last resort. Once you understand how they operate, you will know when you have them pinned and how they will react to the situation.
3) Improve Shooting Accuracy
Ideally you should strive to be able to shoot accurately at 20 yards and up to 50 yards.
4) Be Tactical
Just like military conflicts, your success with hunting pheasants is based on tactics. Simply said, you have to study the pheasant behavior so you know how to interpret it while on the field.
5) Look For Vegetation Changes
Pay close attention for changes in vegetation. For instance, even though a cornfield may hide plenty of birds, once it gets combed over, they have to find new places to hide.
6) Low Competition Days
One thing you may not think about is the day you choose to hunt. Holidays and weekends may seem ideal but the competition may think so as well. What this leads to is that pheasants on Monday may be rattled from the traffic that occurred over the weekend. Therefore, it would be ideal for you to go on a low traffic day such as Wednesday or Thursday.
7) Guided Hunt Watch Other Hunters
Even if traffic is high, you can still get some birds by watching the movements of other hunters. Why? When hunters miss pheasants they usually try to go behind their pursuers.
8) Focus On Overlooked Areas
Whatever you do, try not to follow the crowd but rather focus on areas they overlook. Not only will you have less competition, you may find some hidden gems.
9) Be Aware – Pheasants Are Agile
The pheasants won’t just sit there and let you hit them. In fact, they’ll jump, dodge, duck and sprint a half mile, then run for another half mile. You have to be ready to pursue them when this happens.
10) Make Note Of Escape Routes
Once you have a good grasp of the layout of the areas of which you’re hunting, you should map out all possible escape routes. Why? If hunters are using scout hunting dogs to focus on the north, for example, and you know the birds are escaping by going in a valley to the east. Set up your hunting spot towards said location.