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Guide Larry Bennet and Dennis Foster of DakotaPheasantGuide.com show off the Merriam’s gobbler shot at 13 steps int the Black Hills of South Dakota. The idea to head to the Black Hills on a Merriam’s hunt spawned from a conversation during a February ice-fishing trip. A friend of mine, Dennis Foster, and I were targeting […]
Close the gap on a limit of ringnecks with these tips and put more roosters in your vest. Generally speaking, most pheasant hunters know and follow the hunting basics such as working into the wind, trusting the dog’s nose and only shooting the pretty, colorful ones. But knowing and utilizing a few advanced strategies can increase your chances of success. […]
Here in South Dakota, our bird numbers are bouncing back, but that does not necessarily mean easy pickins for hunters. Unless you frequent preserves or commercial operations that release tame, pen-raised pheasants — birds I jokingly refer to as colorful chickens — you had best be fully prepared. Wild pheasants do not lead an easy […]
These hunting areas offer some of the best redneck hunting across two states. I have been very fortunate indeed to have been raised smack dab in the in the very heart of pheasant country here in eastern South Dakota. Our county seat of Redfeld rightfully lays claim to being “Pheasant Capital of the World.” This is […]
These tips and tricks will you find success in the field. As big and as downright gaudy as a Chinese ringneck pheasant rooster can be, the truly wild version often humbles even the most seasoned of hunters and their canine companions. Knowing and fully comprehending this in advance will allow you to get your mind […]
The strip of woods beside the quiet, two-lane highway is hardly more than 100 yards long and 25 yards wide — a tiny island of trees and grass in a vast ocean of flat, snow covered, harvested grain fields.
Dennis Foster takes his Suburban with three hunters and four dogs to one end of the little patch of cover. Casey Weismantel drops one hunter off in the center of the patch and then carries two more hunters to the opposite end of the trees. Before he can load his gun, pheasants are popping out of the trees and gliding into the field across the road.
I know this may sound a little counter-intuitive to many pheasant hunters. Hunting wild game of any kind is always a bit of a gamble, but with pheasants, the timing of your hunt plays a big factor in your success. If you are truly interested in upping your odds for a successful hunt, later is generally your best bet.