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Pheasant Hunting Preparation makes a game of it

By Anne Mary Subscribe to RSS | December 19th 2011 | Views:
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With pheasant hunting, just as with any sort of game, it is imperative that before commencing there is some thorough research undertaken to identify the best location, and therefore any travel arrangements required, plus if it is going to be necessary to stay over somewhere, the amenities close by. A little of “pre-season scouting” will pay huge dividends in the long run.

You will need to be aware of the weather forecast for the region and the potential numbers involved, in the respect of what the habitat is actually like at the time of year you intend to visit, as it will change with the seasons. Ammunition is also something to take into consideration, there is nothing worse than hitting the jackpot in terms of possible hits, only to discover you do not have the means to exploit it. Naturally budget will dictate much of this, so everything needs forward planning, before you even load the gun.

Kit wise, pheasant hunting requires nothing exceptionally different from any other form of hunting. A decent jacket, with a large game pouch is a must, and many recommend an orange colored cap to help yourself be recognized by fellow hunters in dense woodland. Comfortable boots are a fundamental necessity, as there is likely to be a considerable amount of walking involved.

Remaining composed is the skill that can only come through experience, even the most veteran of hunters still get startled by the loud cackle of a large pheasant bursting from its cover. A rushed shot is 99 times out of 100 a missed shot, and that particular target will be long gone. Many hunters tend to wait until later in the season when although the actual hunting might be a little tougher, the competition for hunting spots declines, so in that respect it becomes slightly easier, especially if the hunter has a bit of know how.

Many people embarking on their first pheasant hunting trip are totally under prepared and are somewhat bewildered by the little tools of the trade that the more experienced hunter takes with them. One of these is the pheasant call which is able to mimic both the distress and greeting sounds of this sought after bird. The noises are remarkably accurate and successfully flush the pheasants out into a clearing, working particularly well in the close vicinity of roosts. These pheasant calls can either be flute or short reed in their design, and are very often actually created by much traveled hunters who can replicate a precise tone, using knowledge gathered over many years.

A great deal of care and attention is paid to these little devices, very often beautifully crafted from hardwood, but light in weight, making them very easy to carry along. Simple in their execution they have a proven track record of being a vital piece of armory for anybody interested in pheasant hunting. The crowing calls are far reaching and can attract birds from some distance. This is a specialist sport that should not be entered into lightly, but once mastered, a hunter is hooked for life. The exhilaration felt when bagging the first kill is something that hunters want to experience over and over again.

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There is so much more to pheasant hunting than simply turning up on the day, as a brief tour of www.pheasanthuntinginfo.com will highlight. Included in the preparation of any hunter is the need to carry certain aids, such as the pheasant calls which will greatly improve the chances of success.

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