– Size: Males are 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 pounds and 30 to 36 inches long (including tail).
– Females are 2 to 2-1/4 pounds and 21 to 25 inches long.
– Flight speed: 40 miles per hour (short distance fliers).
Where to Find Them
Pheasants prefer to feed in the morning and preen in the afternoon before roosting. Popular pheasant feeding include crop rows and land rich in seed, so look for any area where excess grains can be found. If the pheasants have faced heavy hunting pressure, they’ll most likely retreat into the heavy rough, requiring greater coordination with your dogs and fellow hunters.
Rain or snow essentially grounds the pheasant, so they can be especially hard to find during inclement weather.
Upon first being approached, a pheasant’s first line of retreat is simply to march into deeper rough. If you can cut off this escape route, or apply more pressure, the bird will fly. Look for a flushed pheasant to rise into the wind before turning away.
Pheasants tend to fly even predictable flight patterns, making it easier to time your shot for the best distance to maximize shot spread.