Where to hunt Pheasant
Pheasants have followed humans ever since we invented agriculture, and spread, or were introduced to, into all suitable habitat in the Northern Hemisphere, and even the islands of Mauritius and New Zealand. In America, top pheasant hunting destinations include the American Midwest (the Dakotas and Nebraska). Great Britain first comes to mind when one speaks about pheasant “shooting” in Europe, but you can get great pheasant hunting in countries like Romania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic, too.
Pheasant hunting opportunities range from a day of walking through the fields in hope of bagging a few birds, to traditional British “shoots”, with 200-bird days, aristocratic accommodation and even ammunition included. The prices range accordingly, from $200 to over $2,000 a hunter a day. Note that prices for driven hunts after hand-reared birds are usually quoted for a team of hunters or a number of days.
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Pheasant hunting, be it a classic driven “shoot” in the English style, or hunting over pointers and setters in the American West, is an irresistible lure for many outdoorspeople. It has to be somehow related to the fact that pheasants and people have shared the journey around the world for thousands of years. Read our blog post about pheasants and pheasant hunting.June 21, 2018 The Pheasant Journey
When to hunt Pheasant?
Between hand-reared birds, and exotic locations, pheasant hunting is possible all year round. But the classic time for pheasant hunting has traditionally been after the harvest is over. Be it the pursuit of free-ranging birds in the fields of the Midwest, or the classic European driven hunts, schedule your adventure for late fall or early winter.
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Free-ranging pheasants are usually hunted on walk-up hunts with dogs, indispensable allies to humans no matter how you hunt. Americans prefer far-ranging pointers and setters, and Europeans rather like close-working flushers such as spaniel (and retrievers to help collect the harvested birds). Hand-reared pheasants are typically shot in the course of driven hunts. This is not a given, though. Many preserves offer some “rough shooting”, as the Brits call it, searching the hedges and edges for the birds. On the other hand, the pursuit of wild pheasants of the American Midwest with dogs may easily turn into a drive when the pheasants refuse to lie under the point, and some hunters will be sent to the other end of the field to intercept them. Pheasants prefer to run rather than fly, but when they flush, it’s dramatic! Wild pheasants can fly as fast as 60 miles per hour, making for challenging shooting.
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Few hunting experiences in the world can compare to a colorful, cackling pheasant flushing from a field on a beautiful autumn day. No less thrilling is the classic, ritualized European pheasant drive. No matter how you hunt it, a pheasant offers some of the greatest challenges for a shotgunner - British gamekeepers estimate that only one-third of the pheasants they release end up getting hit. A male ring-necked pheasant boasts plumage in a combination of gold, brown, green, purple, and white, with a distinctive white ring around its neck and a red wattle. No wonder so many people pursue the pheasant as eagerly as the Argonauts pursued the Golden Fleece in the valley of the river Phasis, from which the pheasant got its name.
Upland Game Birds Hunt 2019 United States
Imagine yourself in a wing shooter's paradise, where countless upland birds explode from the sea of prairie grass in the blink of an eye! We hunt a combination of Sharptail Grouse, Prairie Chicken, Pheasant, and Hungarian Partridge. Our operation has the perfect combination of expert guides, horseback riding, wild birds, champion bird dogs, home cooked meals, and full service accommodations. You wont find a better value anywhere considering the hunt includes all lodging, meals, beverages, the horseback hunt, and bird cleaning. A day spent on the prairie with horses and setters is a day spent in the oldest and finest tradition of upland bird hunting in the West! We invite our hunters to bring their own dogs on the hunt for an unparalleled training opportunity. Experienced and expertly trained, our setters provide an outstanding bird-dog hunting experience in a perfect coordination of hunter, dog and game bird. Bag limit for all is 3 birds per day, with a possession limit of 15 birds.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 17 September 2019 31 December 2019
Uplander Waterfowl/Upland Pkg. 1 1/2 day United States
HUNT SOLELY WATERFOWL OR COMBINE UPLAND HUNTS WITH WATERFOWL. UPLAND MAY BE EXCHANGED FOR WATERFOWL FOR NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. WE CAN TAILOR ALL PACKAGES TO WHAT YOU WANT AND NEED! 1 1⁄2 DAY, 2 NIGHT Day 1: Arrive late afternoon*, clay shooting, appetizers & cocktail hour, dinner, lodging Day 2: Breakfast, guided morning hunt, lunch, guided afternoon hunt, clay shooting, appetizers & cocktail hour, dinner, lodging Day 3: Breakfast, guided morning hunt, depart Seasons: Upland September 1-April 15, Waterfowl is generally first week of October-Middle of December (we do offer late goose hunts off site in January & we have snow goose here in March/April) Single occupancy available as an upgrade at a rate of $125/night
Trip duration: 2 days
Hunting season: 1 January 2019 31 December 2019
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