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Pheasant Hunting A Thrilling Sport

Aug 18, 2007
Pheasant hunting is a popular sport and one that I recommend on a regular basis to those looking to get into a new area of hunting. Not only is it fun but it also a good sport for hunters who like a little bit of a challenge. Of all the different types of bird hunting trips I have taken, I have really enjoyed the pheasant hunting trips the most and go out every chance I get.

Over the years I have bought a lot of hunting equipment and have developed a few tips and techniques that have served me well. I am often asked to share these ideas with new hunters and am pleased to do so. I also love to swap stories with seasoned hunters and have always learned from the experience of others.

If you are new at pheasant hunting it is a good idea to first educate yourself a little about the bird before going out. Pheasants were originally from the continent of Asia and brought to Europe in the tenth century and became a very popular hunting prey. They were brought to the United States in the 1880s where they eventually became so popular that there was a constant demand for them to be raised and released for hunting purposes.

After its height of popularity in the 1960s, the pheasant populations declined due to changes in farming policies, which resulted in the decline of pheasant hunting as well. Though not as popular as in previous decades, pheasant hunting is still a great sport and presents a good challenge that you will enjoy as you develop your skills.

The challenge of pheasant hunting is often what hunters find very alluring and is the one thing that I find most thrilling about this sport. As with each area of hunting there are necessary skills and hunting gear you must acquire in order to have a successful hunt and take home the prize. One thing you should keep in mind is that pheasants are very sensitive in sound and sight making it difficult at times to bring down a bird.

The agility and acrobatic movements, characteristic to this type of bird, also add to the thrill of the hunt. Because of their swift movements, you will need to develop your shooting skills in order to bring down one of these birds. Another thing that I have found very helpful when pheasant hunting is having a good hunting dog.

A dog is very useful when it comes to retrieving fallen birds because sometimes, though wounded, a bird can still move swiftly enough to get away and is where a well trained hunting dog will be of great service to you. Another good area to educate yourself in pheasant hunting is where to find the birds. A basic knowledge of their habitat and whereabouts on the hunting land will serve you greatly and save you a lot of time from looking in the wrong area.

An excellent place to look for these birds are on the edges. These areas are found at the intersections of food and patches of cover and places that I and most hunters have the most success. You will also do well to search out new areas and out of the way places that are not over populated with other hunters.

Keep in mind though that many factors come into play as to where to find pheasants in numbers. Conditions such as the weather, farming patterns, and the number of hunters in the area make the pheasant population differ and change from season to season. For this reason, it is a good idea to seek out information on hunting conditions from officials, friends, or locals to the area where you plan to hunt as it is a deciding factor to your success in pheasant hunting.
About the Author
Craig Chambers is a hunting enthusiast who enjoys sharing pheasant hunting tips and offers extensive free hunting guides, resources and a hunting handbook on his website www.huntingyourbest.com
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