posted on October 31, 2013 16:58
With pheasant hunting season just getting started, we wanted to give you a few upland bird hunting tips to keep in mind when you hit the fields.
1) Remember the regulations
The hunting regulations for most states tend to change from year to year depending on the climate of the state’s bird populations and on how the season went the previous year. If you’re visiting a different state, make sure you know their updated regulations. Even neighboring states might not have the same rules.
2) Work the right areas
If it’s only you and a couple of other hunters, you won’t have a lot of luck working large fields of standing corn, soybeans or alfalfa. Smaller groups will have a better chance at bagging a few birds if they work grass fields or along the field’s edges. Around midday it’s also a good idea to check out ditch banks and the deeper areas of marshes.
3) Vary your hunting patterns
The birds will start to notice if you and your buddies enter the hunting area at the exact same place each time. At the first sound of trouble, they’ll get out of there before you even get a chance to see them. Entering from a different location will keep the birds from adapting to your routine. This is especially true for public hunting grounds when there are a lot of hunters entering from the same area.
4) Maintain appropriate expectations
In most states the pheasant populations are down. The other week we mentioned how even South Dakota, one of the most popular pheasant hunting states in the country, has seen a considerable decrease in bird numbers. Keep this in mind when you hit the fields, and adjust your expectations. Having the right expectations will help you enjoy your time hunting, even if you don’t bring home the max number of birds.