Very soon I’m getting the pleasure of doing a little pheasant hunting. This is a very exciting time, and since it is my first time I will be going with a guide who will provide what I need. If you are like me then you are asking, How do I gear up for a Pheasant Hunt? It is time to start Gearing up for a Pheasant Hunt…
Obviously you will need a good weapon to go hunting. For pheasant you will want a shotgun, bigger than a 28 gauge, but not as powerful as a 10 gauge. Your ammunition will need to be a good bird shot.
You will need a good dog to go hunting. Pointers will point the bird out to you, but a good spaniel or retriever will also flush the birds for for you. Both types of dogs should retrieve for you .
Dress appropriately. Make sure you that you are dressed for the weather, especially if the temperature is below 50 degrees. You will likely get wet, going through marshes and possibly from expected or unexpected precipitation. While you are wet you could easily get hypothermic, which will put a major crimp in your hunting trip.
Necessary licensing and safety gear
Check with your state to see what the requirements are for hunting. There will be licensing requirements, unless you are hunting on private property. Also, you will be required to wear some blaze orange in most states , how much is something that you will need to check with your state agency.
How to Hunt Pheasant
Your guide will be a great help, but basically you will want to head to a good field or a nice plain and send your dogs out ahead of you. You will work in a S type pattern and try to cover the whole area you are hunting. When your god stumbles upon some birds, it will point or flush (depending on how it is trained). Then you are able to take some shots. Make sure that you are not shooting at the birds until they are about 10 ft. off the ground. You don’t want to accidentally shoot your dogs or partners. Also, in most states it is illegal to shirt these birds while they are on the ground.
Why go pheasant hunting?
This is a valid question, and one that I asked myself. After some thinking, I realized that there were a couple of good reasons that draw me to upland bird hunting. One is the exercise. Upland bird hunting is a lot of walking around. Another reason is the meat and process. I’m excited to bring a meal to my family’s table that I hunted and gathered. How cool is it to know where your food came from? I think it is fantastic. My goal is not to just go hunt, but ultimately provide.
As I’m out doing the hunting, I will try to take some pictures to keep you updated on this adventure.