Fall memories are the type that stick with you for the rest of your life.
A garish ringneck rooster struggling for altitude and dried corn stalks rustling in the November air. Chukar rushing over the ridge top in front of a flushing dog, then a dozen birds silhouetted against the sky for a short moment. 


A German shorthair shivering on tiptoe, his gaze fixed on a sliver of color on the grass. A beautiful double gun approaching your shoulder with heaviness and elegance.


Hunting upland birds is a sport with several facets. Bird hunters prize well-shooting firearms and spend months training their dogs in preparation for a few days in the field each year. Some hunters specialize on one or two species, but the continent offers a wide range of game bird chances, ranging from farming pheasants to mountain quail, as well as the challenge of chukar.


Upland gunning is a sport for hunters from all walks of life and with varying levels of expertise. Anyone with a shotgun and a license may go upland bird hunting, whether they’re nine years old or a seasoned hunter.


The phrase “upland” refers to a location with a lot of elevation. Lowland birds, on the other hand, may be found in and near highland areas. Sharp-tailed grouse commonly reside in bogs, while pheasants inhabit marsh margins. Lowland regions attract migratory highland birds as well. Mourning doves congregate around water holes, while woodcock graze on damp stream banks.

Aside from waterproof boots and a thorn-proof jacket and leggings, upland bird hunters need very little gear. Upland bird hunters nearly usually utilize shotguns, with the exception of small-caliber rifles used for hunting wild turkey.

The size of the choke and shot depends on the bird’s size and the average shooting distance.




The pheasant, which was imported from Asia in the 1880s, quickly became popular. The bird is a kaleidoscope of colors that walks and flies. It erupts from the amber grain in a flurry of wings and sound, flashing blue, purple, copper, and iridescent green.


The pheasant is one of the most cunning and elusive upland game birds. Rather than flying, its initial inclination is to flee. A rooster may slink away unobserved beneath ankle-high cover, despite its big size and flashy colors. When you stomp on a bird, it may sit firm and refuse to move.


To avoid being caught, pheasants depend on their keen vision and hearing. They’re able to sense vibrations in the earth that people aren’t aware of. Many roosters crow as a result of these vibrations.
Ringnecks flourish in rich agricultural settings with enough of shelter for breeding and wintering. 


They lay their eggs in hay meadows, clover fields, and roadside ditches in the spring. They roost in weedy agricultural fields, short slough grass, willow patches, and woodlots during the autumn.
They roost in trees on rare occasions. To survive winter storms, pheasants require more protection.



Grain crops such as maize, wheat, milo, and soybeans are among the most important diets. Weed seeds and insects are also eaten by them.
In fields and around roadways, the birds gather up grit. This aids food grinding in their gizzard.



Hen pheasants stay with their four to eight young from June to August. The chicks develop and the groups disband by the autumn. Pheasants generally congregate near food and deep cover as winter approaches. 


Hundreds of birds may make up a flock.
Despite being one of the toughest game birds, pheasants only live for nine months on average. Even when there isn’t a hunting season, only about a third of the birds survive from one year to the next.



Only roosters are lawful game in several states and provinces. Many hens may be mated with pheasant roosters.
Hunters may kill up to 90% of roosters without hurting the hatch the following year, according to research.


The bright rooster is easily distinguished from the drab hen by hunters. Furthermore, roosters often crow as they take flight, dispelling any doubts regarding the bird’s gender. 


From head to tail, the average rooster is 30 to 36 inches long (76 to 91 cm) and weighs 2 to 3 pounds (1 to 1.3 kg). The hen has a significantly shorter tail and weighs around Y2 pound less than the rooster (0.25 kg).


The lower leg of a Rooster is covered with spurs.
As the bird grows older, the spurs get longer and sharper, reaching a length of Y4-inch 0.9 cm on three-year-old birds. In spring territorial clashes, they wield their spurs. 


A hunter or dog might be gravely scratched by an elderly rooster’s sharp spurs.
A rooster may achieve speeds of 35 to 40 mph (56 to 64 km/h) when it leaps from cover.


It can fly up to 1 mile (1.6 kilometers), although most of the time it just flies a few hundred yards (m). A bird spends the most of its life in an area of!S square mile (1.3 sq km) or less, only departing when food or shelter become scarce.


Pheasant hunting is one of the most unforgettable experiences. Friendships, a hardworking dog, long-tailed birds, and sunshine on steel barrels


Wild ringnecks graze on grain, weed seeds, and insects in wheat, maize, barley, and milo fields. Cover is provided by thick, brushy cover along fence rows, ditches, streams, and marshes.

Pheasants feed twice a day, in the morning and evening, before retiring for the night. Water, shelter, and food are all at a short distance of each other in an ideal environment. Listening for calling is best done early in the morning or late at night.


One or two drivers should smash into the weeds with a dog while working brushy fence rows, seeking a ragged pattern back and forth. Another hunter should be stationed at the end of the row to leapfrog skulking birds into the air. Pheasants under duress are likely to seek for steep, brushy draws that challenge all but the most tenacious.



The white ring around the rooster’s neck gives Ringnecks their name. Brownish tails with black crossbars are seen on both sexes. The rooster has a powder-blue rump and a reddish-copper breast. It features a brilliant red eye patch and a metallic blue, green, and purple head.




For pheasants, a nesting cover is essential (left). Hens need a grassy cover that is at least 12 inches (30 cm) tall and unmowed until after they have laid their eggs.
A plentiful supply of food is provided by fertile croplands.


 Pheasants, on the other hand, are scarce in fields of maize and other row crops with minimal shelter.
Cattail sloughs, heavy brush or willows, and woodlots provide winter shelter. Pheasants can live in temperatures as low as -SO’F (-4S’C) if they have enough shelter.


Hunting Techniques for Pheasants

There are two phases to the pheasant hunting season: the initial few days and the remainder of the season.
Because young pheasants lack the fear of birds that have hatched the previous year, hunting in the early days of the season is typically the simplest. 

Once the simpler birds are gone, outwitting the surviving roosters becomes much more difficult.


 Before the season starts, drive across the countryside searching for pheasants to find a suitable spot. On a clear, quiet day with dew on the grass, the ideal time to see the birds is around daybreak. 


Pheasants may also be seen in the late afternoon. Another approach to choose a suitable hunting spot is to seek for a large amount of nesting cover. There’s a good chance there are birds nearby. Ask the farmer whether you may return to hunt once the season starts if you discover a viable site.


Most of the area is frequently covered with crops when hunters arrive early in the season. Pheasants may be found practically everywhere in this circumstance. Hunters undertake drives to flush birds from vast crop or stubble areas. Other strategies may not be as effective with as much cover remaining.



Early in the season, ringnecks flush close, so a shotgun with a better cylinder or tuned choke is optimal. Use no more than No. 6 shot.
LATE IN THE SEASON. Birds have fewer places to hide as farmers harvest their crops. Birds that make it to the end of the season, on the other hand, have learnt to avoid danger and frequently flush far ahead of approaching hunters. Alternatively, they might cling on tight and let hunters pass by.


Roosters hibernate under considerably thicker cover in the late season than they did earlier in the year. They like regions with large trees or other wind-blocking shelter. Look for them in brushy woodlots, thick fence lines, and slough grass-lined drainage ditches.


 A fringe of cattails at the edge of a small swamp is a favored hiding area.
A late-season rooster may take sanctuary in a patch of grass little bigger than his body, despite preferring dense cover. 

Pheasants are often found behind snow-covered clumps of grass by hunters after a snowstorm. The birds seem to be allowing themselves to get snowed in.


One hunter blocks a potential escape path as another approaches from the other end of cover to bag late-season roosters. The blocker may obtain a shot if a rooster flushes too far ahead of the walking hunter.
Use a modified or full choke shotgun with No. 4 to 6 shot for long-range shooting in the late season.