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Kansas Pheasant Hunting Success Enhance By Hunting Quiet

Noise control extends to the beeper vice bell. A sometimes controversial discussions.

The constant din of the bell means increased pressure on the pheasant. The bell, an un-natural noise, in an animal hierarchy where all creatures are either predator or prey, will likely cause the pheasant to perceive that bell as a threat. Then, when the dog is on point, the bell ceases and the hunter is left to find the dog. A difficult task as pheasant prefer thick cover that will easily conceal the dog as well.

The run mode beeper is no different even though the sound frequency is less. It remains a noise in addition of the dog moving through cover that prey animals will always alert to.

Point only mode beepers while lessening the during the run portion of the hunt noise do give point pressure. The value is the delayed point only beeper that begins only after the dog has been quiet for a period seems to be the best option. This choice allows for dog location by the hunter and about the least noise pressure possible during the point in thick cover.

Doc, out Kansas pheasant hunting in native grass.

Dog on point in the field.

Predator Noise Pressues Pheasnts to Run or Wild Flush

Those that talk to others or frequently use dog commands mark their position to the pheasant. Two facets come to play. Consistency of the noise and proximity. Both bring pressure.

Consistent noise provides constant feedback that the predator is approaching or moving away. Proximity is already established in previous discussion. Combine the two and the hunter often tells of being able to see plenty of pheasants flushing at long range rather than speaking of the number of points to hunter flush.

Two dogs pointing a single wild pheasant.

These two have a pheasant pinned between them.

Not Drive Hunting - We Make This Answer Well Known

Single hunters or a small hunting groups hunting close together will find more dog action than the slob hunter approach of the pheasant drive.

At this point the reader must decide the purpose of his hunting. Is it to pile up large numbers of dead pheasants. Or, to enjoy the quality of the hunt. Most notably through the dog's performance.

Beyond willingness/capability to walk, shooting ability and hunting dog power there does exist a refinement of the hunter's behavior that enhances or degrades the experience. To that end is the understanding the hunter has the role to guide the dog into the most likely habitat to produce birds.

The long answer is: The hunter's height advantage is of seeing over the thick to the dog protective cover. The cover keeps the dogs sensory capability limited to the scenting range of his nose. The other part is that hunter needs to have the kind of hunting dog that will hunt with the him and not on his own. That means the dog follows the hunter. Not the hunter follows his dog.

This is Kansas wild pheasant conditions. Not a field trial of dizzied planted birds in a small field.

In a field trial the pen raised pheasants are placed within a confined area without regard to pheasant preference of cover or food source. The better field trial dogs quickly cover the field faster than a hunter can keep up with. Birds are typically placed within direct observation of where the gallery (spectators) can see the dog work. That means where the protective cover may cover the pheasant, but not the dog.

The contrasts should be obvious. The pheasant point pictures on this web site were only where the cover thinned enough to see the dog. Kansas fields are large 160 acres plus. The majority of the pheasant points will be in cover that will conceal the dog.

A Memory

Missed rooster flying away and a good memory. All need a sense of humor when Kansas pheasant huntingThe story about the picture at right as we understand it.

They thought the hunt was over. They were at the truck. Guns unloaded. The dog goes on point. Two hunters walk in. One with the camera to capture the action, the other with his gun. They flush the pheasant. The cameraman getting a shot of it in the air. The hunter raised to fire and found he did not reload his gun.

We'll leave it to guess who the shooter was. We do know it was Dusty that carried the camera.

Thank you guys for another good Kansas pheasant hunting story.

Hunters Think Too Much About Wild Pheasants

That is the common perception. The thinking is organizational of studying a problem and determining execution of the efficient solution. That human male behavioral trait along with the geometric carving out of Kansas into square and rectangular property lines is a problem. The combined of the two often drives a hunter to look at a quarter section of cover and plan a matching geometric walking/hunting pattern to cover all of it.

Or, the hunter was brought up in his early years that the most effective Kansas pheasant hunting technique is to sweep the field. He will systematically cover every spot not moving on until convinced every possible hiding spot has been trampled.

These two hunting approaches do not work well.

The effective pheasant hunter neither hunts a geometric pattern or systematically covers every spot.

There are some pheasant behaviors that if understood will mean more dog action. Those behaviors should guide the self guided hunter where he will walk to place the dog in the most advantageous position. The basis of these pheasant behaviors remains with the survival aspect of the definition of life. That is, process food into body energy, reproduce itself, and have a survival method from prey animals.

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