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stckthrwr

Pheasant hunting recommendations

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stckthrwr

A friend and I are planning our first trip out for pheasant. We were looking at going to one of the game preserves so we can learn a bit as well as since we don't have a dog.

Does anybody have any places they would/would not go to? We have done some looking online, but I wanted to get some thoughts of others who may have gone out and had good/bad experiences.

Thanks,

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herm

I've been going to Sand Pines outside St. Joe for 4-5 years. Keith does a nice job. His website has lots of info. Also been to Gold Meadows...big birds but they don't fly very fast. Good website too. At either place, You might want to look into renting or using a dog. Not sure you will have very much success without them. Good luck! Bring on the frost!!

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IceHawk

Hunt Sand Pines quite often and have never had a bad experience. Keith does a excellent job and will give you a great hunting experience. He has great cover with a variety of fields and the birds are usally very cagey. Highly recommend this preserve.

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stckthrwr

Thanks guys! I appreciate the advice! Any more is always welcome!

Another question: What size shot is the best option for pheasant? I have looked online at different things, and I saw one where people said anywhere from 4-7. Is there a preferable size? Neither of us have done any bird hunting. So all advice is greatly appreciated.

We are going to get a guide and dog. I figure that is about the only way that we are going to learn anything and keep from driving ourselves insane and getting extremely frustrated.

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IceHawk

I prefer 5 shot with 4 being second choice.

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Bryce

Trap loads work just fine for game farm birds. That's most likely what your used to shooting anyways. I often use that load as my first shot even on wild birds.

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stckthrwr

Again, thank you for the responses! I can't wait to get out and go! I will post how I do.

Thanks again!

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FlyRodAddiction

I have never hunted golden meadows but I do hunt Sand Pines just about every year as a refresher for the dogs. The fields are great and the 12 birds for 10 bird deal is pretty good too. Good luck out there!

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CaptainMusky

The shot size would vary depending how close the birds tend to get up. I use #5 in lead or #4 in steel. Early season or game farms you can get by with #6 or 7.5# but wild birds late season tend to flush farther our and the lighter loads would end up in crippled birds.

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stckthrwr

We went to Sand Pine and had an awesome hunt. The guide we had was amazing, and the dogs were great! I have never hunted birds before, but watching those dogs going was great to watch. They flushed birds for us, 17 total, 16 within range. And we got 12.

It was both of our first times doing this. we had a great time, and I am pretty sure that we are going to be going again at some point. The guide was talking about the European hunts they do out there, and that sounds like fun as well.

Now I am trying to convince my wife to take up hunting and go out with me. I think I might have a better chance getting her to go pheasant hunting than deer hunting, at least to start with.

Looks like I need to go out and buy a new gun! smile

Thanks everybody!

Nathan

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