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While it is late in the season and most of the released pheasants in many states have already been harvested, there are still good hunting opportunities around. The late season is particularly great for hunting dogs as some hunters find this is when they are in their element.

If you are going hunting during the late season, there are some general tips that expert hunters have recently provided to help you get a better harvest. These include hunting in small groups or alone. This is to minimize your noise which alerts the pheasants to your presence and associate this with danger. Being quiet and stealthy will lead to success.

To help, walk slowly and allow your hunting dog to work the pheasant’s scent. Every so often, stop in the field and wait. Clever roosters will wait to let the hunter pass them by instead of flushing.

Also, ensure that you are working the edges of cover instead of big fields. Some pheasants would rather run into cover than fly. If there are isolated islands of cover, even if they are tiny, they can hold pheasants during the winter months. Therefore, if it looks birdy, then you should try to hunt in those areas.

If you are hunting out of South Dakota, hunt before sunrise as this is when the birds are out feeding and picking grit on the roadsides, meaning they are easier to see and hunt. Hunters can have some great success when weather fronts are moving into an area or during bad weather.

Finally, drive around your hunting area and look for cover and any CRP land. Ask locals, especially farmers and landowners, if you can hunt on their land. Existing CRP land during the winter can be a great find as this is where the cover and food will be during the harsher winter months.

What are your late hunting season tips? Do you have anything to add?

Let us know in the comments below.

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