Throughout much of pheasant country, the 2009-2010 ringneck season is either coming to a close or is nothing more than a fond memory. For many of us, it will be remembered as a season that began with an overabundance of crops and finished with bountiful flushes of roosters. Regardless of how you choose to remember it, hopefully this past year has left a smile on your face and a few birds in your bag.
No matter where you hunted or how many birds you harvested, the closing of pheasant season will leave you feeling restless. Your weekends will seem too long as winter’s daylight fades too quickly. The dog in your life will begin looking out the window longingly while your boots sit in the closet collecting dust. The pheasant off-season can be a very bleak time for an admitted upland addict, however, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Just like any other fine-tuned professional athlete (this is where you roll your eyes) pheasant hunters can enact an off-season regimen that may not have you benching 300 lbs, but will at least help you survive the winter and have you ready to hit the fields like never before.
Below you’ll find a list of things to take care of this off-season that will help you and your dog ring in the New Year. Just think, before you know it you’ll be hearing the cackle of a flushing rooster again.