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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 08:44 PM
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I hunt the fringes instead of where everyone else is hunting. The hunters chase the birds all around the edges so that is where I hunt when the pressure is heavy.

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Hunt later in the day. No crowds and still lots of birds especially on the field edges or brushy areas. I see no reason to rush in before daylight for pheasants.
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I sit in a treestand far far away from that insanity. Lead rain?!!! Just pass off getting shot like it's some kind of routine deal! If I ever get shot I am shooting back. To kill a chinese ditch chicken! Goodness you can't make this stuff up.
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I too try to wear glasses all the time. I won't be out opening morning either, but that's just me. If I do go out at all, it will be later in the day.

I've been peppered while dove hunting in the past and it is not a fun feeling. I'm with Elk Yinzer, it's sad that it is considered routine. The fact is, if you hear pellets hitting around you, it's already too late.
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I go turkey hunting.
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post #7 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-17-2018, 09:20 PM
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I sit in a treestand far far away from that insanity. Lead rain?!!! Just pass off getting shot like it's some kind of routine deal! If I ever get shot I am shooting back. To kill a chinese ditch chicken! Goodness you can't make this stuff up.
As long as it's falling like rain (straight down) it won't hurt ya! Not enough mass in those little pellets when falling under just the influence of gravity to do much real damage. It's the sideways stuff ya gotta worry about!

That being said, I agree with you- just avoid the whole circus!
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On the opener we usually go later in the day or try to find a spot with lower hunting pressure. Just like all hunter numbers, I have seen a drop in the participation of pheasant hunting over the years. Recent years the pheasant openers have not been bad or crowded at all. If we are looking to avoid the crowds we hunt the afternoon of the opener with good success. Good luck to everyone heading out.
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post #9 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-18-2018, 11:32 AM
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ill be far away from the mayhem. I plan to hunt some doodles in the early morning and head out to stocked are around 11.
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I sit in a treestand far far away from that insanity. Lead rain?!!! Just pass off getting shot like it's some kind of routine deal! If I ever get shot I am shooting back. To kill a chinese ditch chicken! Goodness you can't make this stuff up.
No one is passing off getting shot, but hunting pheasants you will more than likely have lead rain down on you, or zip past, its a fact of openeing day life.

And to say you'd shoot back! That's insane. Please make sure you tell me where you're hunting so I can avoid you at all costs.
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