What do you do to protect yourself on the pheasant opener?
Aside from wearing the required amount of orange?
I have always made my boys wear safety glasses when we pheasant hunt, at least for the first few hours on the opener. I wear them as well. They may not stop a pellet, but they may just deflect one that might otherwise go straight into an eye unimpeded if they weren't wearing them. I taught them from an early age(of hunting) to always let the bird get some daylight under it before you take a shot just to allow for some safety angle. I've seen many hunters fire at birds while their weapon is parallel to the ground. A very dangerous thing to do. And if we hear pellets hitting around us, I taught the boys to immediately cover their eyes with their arms or hands, and get down close to the ground. We use the signal, "Lead Rain". When I yell that, it means to do the former and get down. It rains alot on opening day. We also try to give as much room to other hunters as we can. We don't walk in front of people, and if we see guys coming toward us, we usually stop and let them pass before we continue on our way, or we'll leave the field until they pass.
What do you do to insure your safety on the opener?