A black Lab proudly displays a rooster pheasant near Burlington, CO. Photo by © Jerry Neal/CPW.
On Nov. 11, hunters and bird dogs alike will celebrate as Colorado’s 2017-18 pheasant season opens statewide.
Thanks to favorable nesting and brood conditions, pheasant populations are now at a four year high throughout the state. For more information on what you can expect this small game season, please view the 2017 Pheasant and Quail Forecast.
As an avid wingshooter, pheasant hunting has long been one of my favorite outdoor pastimes. The flash of brilliant color and raucous cackle of a rooster pheasant bursting from dense cover is enough to make even the most seasoned hunter giddy with excitement. I’ve hunted these birds for decades, and it’s a sight and sound that still captivates me. Read more
Tom Remington and his English Setter, Tess, after a successful hunt.
— Article and photos by Tom Remington
Pheasant hunting is almost never easy, but hunting late-season pheasants can be particularly challenging. In December and January, you may be chasing less than half the roosters available in November. The survivors are battle hardened and educated to the ways of hunters and bird dogs. Pheasants learn to avoid draw bottoms, fence lines and other linear covers preferred by hunters and, instead, move to the middle of large fields.
My friends and I, through years of hard experience, have developed some unconventional strategies that work well late in the season. Roosters respond to hunters in predictable ways, and these tactics can help you take advantage of pheasant behavior. Read more