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Most properties, particularly public plots, experience constant hunting. Pheasants adapt by either flushing quickly from
hunter gathering points, such as designated parking areas, or
simply staying clear of busy property corners. Either scenario
equals pheasants flying away from the fray. Take advantage of
this anticipated action.
If the property has a back door, you can let your nimrod
brethren execute the pheasant drive for you. Arrive early from
the opposite direction of heavy hunting pressure and hunker in
cover. When shooting hour arrives the masses will flush pheasants your way. If you can't wait for the help of other hunters,
split your party and direct half of it to sneak into the same
pheasant getaway location. The other half of your party kicks
off their hunt back at the starting point assigned by management officials. The walkers may get a shot or two, but if you've
inconspicuously snuck into place, the sneaky group should be
front row to flying fugitives.

Minimal Escape Options
Once the season starts it can be near impossible to stop pheasants from flushing wildly out of shotgun range. Don't fret.
Pheasants didn't evolve as long-range fliers; they burst from
cover to cover in short hops. Scout for properties interspersed
with open tracts from farming or grazing activity; a hunting
app provides an excellent platform to survey surrounding

landscape. When combined with a drive-by confirmation, you
can begin formulating a plan to encourage birds to flee to past
comfort zones via repeated provocation on your part.
Your first attempt at flushing birds may end in frustration
as they burst out of range, but continue the attack and move
on to their next landing zone. Within two to three commuter
flights they'll tire and hold tight in their latest hideout. Move
slowly and let your dog do its work looking for panting birds
buried in the brush.

Give Them False Hope
Maybe you can't locate a patchwork of cover with open ground
in between: Your only option may be a large field. Look for
any interior habitat pheasants would seek as sanctuary then
gather several buddies and push toward the center. As you converge on the best cover, transition the push to a semicircle with
flanking pressure. Decelerate to increase anxiety and coerce
birds to hold as they sense danger from all sides. As the group
congregates, the exploding spectacle of pheasants should be
memory-making.
Finally, on every outing, especially on new ground, make
note of the escape routes pheasants use as well as their landing zones. Like whitetails, pheasants repeatedly escape to the
same locations once they've experienced a successful breakout.
Knowing where they prefer to bolt gives you added information
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