I actually didn't even realize that the pheasant season was going to open today. I have always wanted to go and hunt them but was never sure if there was enough public land to make it worth my time to drive all the way over there and try it out. I don't have a dog either so that adds to the challenge of it all.
Hope you guys had a great time and knocked a few birds down. Hopefully you have some pictuer for us when you get back in.
I would have not known it was opening day for pheasant if my brother would not have called me. It turns out there were fewer people than I expected as we only ended up with 7 in our group. That made it more difficult to cover the ground we were trying to hunt. I came up empty, but we did end up with 4 birds out of the bunch. We had a dog along, but it was only kind of trained, so I am not sure if we were any better off for it. It was a great time, and hopefully I get the opportunity again next year. My brothers took a few pictures, and if I get a hold of them, I will post a few. From talking to some of the others in our group who have pheasant hunted in South Dakota before, it sounds like if you are interested, that is the place to go. I believe they were public land hunting, and they said everybody in their group limited out (3 birds) by 10am at the latest. We did see enough birds to keep it interesting, but not near the numbers there must be in other parts of the country.
Well, 4 birds is better than no birds. And, pheasant hunting is one of those group activities that's fun, regardless of success. Sounds like you had a good time. I wasn't able to get out for ours, which started last weekend also. I was in Vermont instead. Our season goes for a few weeks, so hopefully I will be able to get out at a later date.
I've pretty much given up on upland bird hunting here in Colorado. Oh, there's tons of pheasant out in the eastern part of the state, but they all seem to be hens. Nope, with as high as gas prices are these days I think my money and effort is best utilized hunting biggame here in this state. When I want to hunt pheasant these days I'll drive to Nebraska, or the Dakotas and spend a few days pheasant hunting there.
Normally I would say you are right about the birds but........oddly enough, the last couple of years here in my little corner of the state, the ratio has been about 3 to 1 in favor of the cocks. Not only that, but I encountered group after group of 20 to 30 birds. They were widely scattered but, boy...when you found them they were incredible. Spooky though.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.