Pheasant Hunting Tips

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Well, it’s Upland Bird hunting season again, mainly on the Prairie and throughout the Midwest. And, that usually means Pheasant, the most hunted species in the early season. If pheasant is your thing, then these tips should make your pheasant hunting more pleasant hunting…
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Be vewy, vewy quiet! It’s pheasant season…
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Let your dog do the hunting at the start. Their sense of smell is much more acute!
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Train your dog to respond to a hawk call rather than a whistle. Upland birds are more afraid of hawks than whistle sounds and will hunker down, allowing your party to get much closer before they bust cover.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

In the early season, use a six shot load and increase the count as the season progresses. Young pheasant tend to hold tighter to cover so a heavier load isn’t necessary.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Resist your own natural tendency to move forward when hunting a covey. All birds see best using what we call peripheral vision. Move side to side instead.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Stop occasionally, even if you’re not using a dog. Upland birds will sit still only so long before they bolt. Give them a chance to think the coast is clear and they’ll eventually take to the wing.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Keep proper spacing between Wingmen, Walkers and Blockers. Wingmen should be at least 15 yards ahead of Walkers. Blockers should be spread out at the end of the field.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

In the early season, stick to fields on the edges of crop growth, if possible. Corn fields are the ideal place to be once the shooting starts.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Never shoot at birds on the ground. Depending on cover density and your dog’s ability to slunker silently, you just might hit man’s best friend by mistake.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

ALWAYS follow the “Blue Sky” shooting rule. Don’t shoot at anything you can’t see blue sky under.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Try your best to find every downed bird. No matter how good your dog is, they might miss some. Designate spotters in your group to point to areas where most of the birds go down.
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Pheasant Hunting Tips

Don’t pull a Cheney! Always be aware of where your party is and everyone in the group should be wearing orange or brightly colored vests. Remember, it’s the pheasant you’re supposed to shoot in the face. Not your lawyer…
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