Pheasant hunters have different routines for getting ready for a hunting trip.
There are some similarities, though, for getting up the morning of the hunt and preparing for a day out in the field. It's something to think about because if you're really going after the birds it can be a challenging day.
It's good to make sure you're all set with everything you need so you have as much fun and enjoyment as possible while you're out there.
This should be a helpful guide to help you play your daily pheasant hunting trips whether it's just one a single day of hunting or for a few days.
Arriving to Hunting Camp
Most hunting parties arrive the afternoon before the first day of the hunt.
If you're staying at a preserve or lodge you'll probably have time to get in some clay shooting. It's a nice warmup for the hunt that starts the next day.
Mostly the arrival afternoon is about getting settled in and relaxing. Traveling can take it's toll on your body and it's good to get plenty of sleep because you'll be doing plenty of walking over the next few days or even just the one day you plan on hunting.
There is usually a good dinner and some time to hang out by the campfire before turning in for the night.
Starting The Day With Breakfast
It seems like breakfast is always an important meal for hunters.
You can't beat the smell of fresh ground coffee brewing. The steam from the pot makes it's way up the stairs and into your bedroom as you lay comfortably in bed anxious for the day to start.
It's usually before dawn that hunters first arise from their slumber to start getting ready for the day.
Breakfast kicks things off and for most that starts with a fresh cup of coffee. Now everyone is different so take this advice as you will, but there are some general rules for drinking coffee in the morning.
Have it with your breakfast. Coffee on an empty stomach can occasionally cause issues and you don't want to be feeling sick or upset before heading out into the field for the day.
Also try to limit the number of caffeinated cups you have the day of a hunt. You don't want to be jittery while your trying to be accurate with your shotgun.
Try having a cup or two of regular coffee and then switch it up to decaf if possible.
One last note is to try and limit the amount you have in total. It's usually all right if you have to make a pit stop while hunting. After all, you'll be out there for several hours, but the less you have to stop the more enjoyment you're likely to have.
The dinner each night is important. You can usually have all the goodies you crave without having too much issues the next day, but breakfast is a little more important.
You want to make sure you have enough sustenance to get you through the day, but you don't want anything that will hold you back while you our in the field.
Stick with proteins like eggs and sausage along with a glass of water. This will give you the energy you need throughout the day. Fats and protein will last the entire day while carbs like toast, pancakes, cereal and other things will quickly wear off after just a short time out in the field.
There is nothing worse than feeling overly hungry while you're out hunting.
The First Hunt of the Day
The first hunt each day usually begins at 10:00 AM. Most seasons open around this time and hunters are usually eager to get out in the field to chase after the birds.
Expect to have a safety brief if you're at a preserve. There are a few basic rules to go over with the guide and the others at the lodge before you head out. In this situation you might have some people you don't know hunting with you so you'll get a chance to discuss the strategy for the day.
If you're with a crew you know they'll have their own ways of hunting and you can discuss the strategy just before you head out for the day.
Some guys like to take a break around lunchtime to come back to the lodge or camp and regroup. You can grab a snack around this time and talk about the strategy for the afternoon hunt.
Some groups will stick it out throughout the entire day without taking a break for lunch. If this is the case you'll probably want to bring some snacks to keep you going. Jerky and snack sticks are good choices even more than granola bars. Remember, the protein will help you stay full while the sugar and grains will keep you going for just a short period of time.
Also make sure to bring some water. You don't want to weigh yourself down, but there is nothing like a clean taste of water after walking miles upon miles.
Closing Out The Hunt
Things close down after the afternoon hunt. If it's the last day of the hunt some hunters will call quits after the morning hunt.
The cleaning takes place after the final hunt. Some take care of cleaning of the birds and preparing them after each hunt to make things go a little smoother when you're ready to head back home.
From here it's pretty basic. You grab your gear, get everything cleaned and ready to go and you're on your way.
That's how things work as you plan for your next pheasant hunting trip.
via gabriel amadeus