I went pheasant hunting last year for the first time, and none came anywhere near me, or flushed within range of me. Although some in my group got a couple of birds. I did shoot a quail then, but never found it, only a pile of feathers. Doesn't make sense to me, but hey!
Maybe this time will be different. Now if only somebody would be willing to take me! *whistling*
My buddy and I got out today to walk some pheasant areas. Didn't take the dog as both of us had ATV's in the back and only had a couple of hours to hunt.
Pretty dissapointing. Saw two roosters quite aways off, and flushed one hen. Walked a couple of miles in prime habitat.
We had an 18" rain in 12 hours during nesting season....
I'm sure thats the reason for the birds being in short supply.
Conventional wisdom would say that the birds on high ground would survive, but the average age for a ringneck according to the ODW is 18 months. Natural predation, and natural causes.