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but sometimes surprisingly light cover if
hunting pressure moves them there). They
move toward feed again about two hours
before sunset. So don't waste time walking
grain fields from about 10 or 11 a.m. until
2 p.m. Hiding cover within a half-mile of
feed will hold more birds than more distant cover, but they'll move a mile, maybe
as many as 2 miles if necessary. For some
reason, they like to hide tight to or even in
soggy ground or shallow water.
Second, hunt the right places.
Study the area, looking for feed fields
near dense-cover hiding areas. Use one of
those mapping apps like HuntStand, onX
and BaseMap. Then try to decipher which
cover is least likely to have been hunted
recently. The more dense and distant the
cover, the more likely no one's bothered it.
Birds in feeding fields will probably be wild
and flush well out of range. In heavy cover
they usually hold much better.
Third, hunt smart. Don't just walk.
Consider where a pressured bird might
run. Because most will run. Even through
the thicket-from-hell. I've had them run
out of choking cattails and across barely
frozen water to hide in another cattail
thicket 50 yards away. You can stop their
running ways by blocking them. They
run from a threat to assumed safety. If
they hear a threat in the direction they're
running, they'll stop, maybe try running
around it. So surround them. Just two
hunters can put on the squeeze. So can
cover. A barren field is likely to stop a bird.
It will hold at the edge or run back into the
cover or flush.
Fourth, Super Secret: During the
last two hours of each day, hunt the
seam, the edge of heavy cover abutting
feeding cover. Virtually every pheasant
in the area will be in or near this strip,
especially if the weather is bad. And
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