Need some pheasant help
Ok, I'm figuring if anyone can help me you guys probably can. I started out hunting last year. I shot some squirrels and went out one day for deer. Well I really got hooked. This year I've spent a good number of days out looking for small game. Had plenty of good luck getting squirrel, but that's it. I've gone out 7 times so far for pheasant but have yet to get one.
I'm hunting SGL 297 in North Bethlehem. Great place to hunt and they do stock pheasant. I hunt by myself without a dog and man is it tough to flush a bird. I've only flushed one bird and that was a hen. Since this is 2A, no hens are allowed. I was lucky last Saturday as I went out at sunrise and four fellas with some beautiful dogs asked me to join them(actually it was two guys, but two other guys joined us quickly after). I did and we flushed 5 birds and shot 3. Unfortunately I didn't pull the trigger once since none of the flushes were near me.
I've been reading as much as I can about hunting pheasant without a dog and I'm still having no luck. Basically I'm just trying to make sure I'm in the woods instead of behind the laptop. I go out at sunrise and and stay out for a few hours. I've tried going a few hours before sunset and even in the middle of the afternoon. I'm walking the brush near the edges of fields moving slowly and stopping often. I'm trying to criss cross over areas and even walking the shape of an S instead of a straight line. Nothing is working. One guy I talked to said to get out of the fields and get into the woods, a different guy told me to stay out of the woods and work the fields lol. I've read to be on a south facing hill in the morning, and to not bother hunting in the afternoon. So confusing!
Pheasant ends Saturday where I am hunting, and I would really like to bring home a bird before it's done. I'm off Friday and Saturday and plan to spend as much time as possible those two days in the fields. I know I can hunt 2B after the season ends in 2A, so that's good. Can you guys offer some tips that I'm clearly missing here. Times to hunt, ideas on how to move, be quiet/be noisy, etc.