- Little about pheasant
- What to do loop
- Making loop
- When is it better to use loops
- Choosing a place
- Setting loop
- We use complementary foods
- Check trap
- Advantages of using a loop
Pheasant hunting is quite an exciting activity. However, some hunters will be much more interesting not to shoot this bird, but to catch it alive. The task is quite difficult, but quite feasible. This will help you ordinary loops on pheasants. Of course, you need to know and be able to how to make loops and install them. We will tell you about a number of important subtleties that make it possible to return home with rich trophies.
Little about pheasant
The pheasant is a surprisingly beautiful, bright bird, which very few birds all over the world can compare to. Their homeland is China. Alas, there they are almost completely exterminated - they remained only in the most inaccessible places, where there are almost no people. Fortunately, at one time the Europeans managed to take a few dozen individuals from occupied China. At first they were kept exclusively in captivity, where they actively proliferated. But it soon became clear that pheasants can live very well in the wild.
Today they can be seen in many countries of the world - in Korea, Turkey, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and also many countries of Europe. In our country, pheasants inhabit Ciscaucasia and, much less often, the Volga delta. They are perfectly acclimatized in captivity - it’s true that the birds maintain their beauty, it is advisable to keep them in really spacious, properly equipped enclosures.
Hunting them has always been a dream of many hunters. To get this beautiful bird is not an easy task because of its caution. But a solid trophy in the amount of delicious, delicious meat is quite a worthy reward for your hard work.
Yes, to get it with a gun is not easy. But even harder to catch with the help of a trap. Let's tell about it in more detail.
What to do loop
Before telling about catching pheasants on loops, it is worth telling about the selection of the right material.
Immediately it is advisable to abandon conventional cords and cords. The bird will definitely fight and either suffocate or tear the string by tweaking about the branch. In addition, the twine is more noticeable, and the pheasant is a very careful bird, which is much more difficult to get close to than to the majority of birds. Absolutely invisible option can be a thick fishing line. But with its use, you can be sure that you will not be able to take a live bird - it will surely suffocate.
In extreme cases, you can use steel wire. But not too thick and relatively soft, elastic. Otherwise, the bird, having fallen into the trap, may well get a wound on too hard wire.
A good choice would be copper wire. On the one hand, it is soft enough to bend under load - the bird will probably not be injured, no matter how it struggles and twitches. On the other hand, it is very durable and it will definitely not work to tear it from a pheasant. True, here you need to choose a rather thick wire. Use thin in no case be impossible. First, the pheasant can simply tear it and run away with a peculiar ornament on the neck. Secondly, too thin wire can pass the neck and cut into the skin, which will lead to serious wounds, or even death of the bird.
Knowledge of choosing the right material is very important for pheasant hunting with loops.
First you need to cut off a piece of wire suitable for the length - preferably about one and a half meters. After this, a small loop is made at the end - with a diameter of about one centimeter. Making it is not difficult at all - just bend the edge of the wire and wrap it around it several times. At the same time it is very important to completely twist it in order not to leave a sharp tip sticking out - a bird can easily get hurt about it.
After that, the free end is pushed through the finished loop. Pull it out until a loop with a diameter of about 10-15 centimeters is formed. That's all - now you know how to make a loop on a pheasant. However, this knowledge is only a small part of success. Any hunter, even the most inexperienced, can cope with this task. It is much more difficult to choose the right place and set the loops correctly to return home with the desired trophy. This is a real skill, which usually comes only with experience.
When is it better to use loops
Usually experienced hunters use loops on pheasant in the winter. Such a time is not at all accidental. In the late spring and summer, you cannot hunt this bird at all - it will be regarded as a real poaching. Yes, and to kill a pheasant at a time when he takes care of his offspring, he will never be a self-respecting nature and a hunter.
In early spring, the pheasant is not very desirable prey. During the cold, hungry winter, he loses most of the fat, which makes the meat more rigid. Therefore, to assess the taste of the royal bird will not succeed.
In the autumn there is a lot of food in the forest - the bird can move a little, rarely following the same paths. In fact, this time is the most satisfying and peaceful for the pheasant.
It is quite another thing - winter. The food becomes much smaller, and every day turns into a struggle for survival. Having found, for example, a bush of sea buckthorn, hawthorn, mountain ash, or another berry, the pheasant will come back to it until it is fully consumed. Like most wild birds, it will be the same route to move - a great opportunity to catch it with a noose. In addition, you can use additional feeding, increasing the success of the hunt - in the fall it is much more difficult to seduce a pheasant with a handful of food.
Choosing a place
Before telling how to put loops on a pheasant, you should deal with the right place.
It is advisable to learn about the approximate habitat of this tricky, cautious bird in advance. However, you can notice them, for example, in the fall while hunting - the flapping of their wings can be heard from afar.
So, the approximate place of hunting is selected. Where exactly to put the loop?
We'll have to go into the forest and look for trails. It is advisable to do this immediately after the snow falls. He will fill up the old tracks, and the pheasants will have time to tread a new path, showing the hunter where exactly they pass day by day. Here you need to put a loop.
To begin, choose a specific place for installation. It is desirable that the trail passes between two bushes or trees, so that the pheasant does not have the opportunity to deviate to the left or right. As a last resort, if there is no such place, we try to create it ourselves. To do this, it is enough to pick a pair of branches and lean against the nearest bushes to be sure where the bird will pass.
Now you can proceed directly to the installation. The free end of the wire is fixed on a suitable object - a tree, bush, stump or any other. The main thing is that the frightened bird could not tear it away. Therefore, thin dry branches are clearly not suitable.
The loop should hang above the path at a height of about twenty centimeters, plus or minus two or three. Then the probability that a bird will fall into a trap will be maximum.
The loop must be horizontal. That is, it is attached not over the path, but at the side. Otherwise, tired and exhausted bird, falling to the ground, just strangle himself.
We use complementary foods
On one trail you can set several loops - this increases the likelihood of a successful hunt. A good solution would be to leave a handful of berries on the trail, such as raisins, to which the pheasant hunts, and put on both sides of the "treat" on the loop. Then it does not matter whether the pheasant goes to feed or returns - it will still notice the raisins and fall into the set trap.
It will not be out of place to take some bright shreds of cloth from the house - for example, green or blue - and hang them around the installation site of the loops. Preferably at a height of about two meters. Thanks to them, navigating the next time will be much easier.
If you want to catch a pheasant on a loop, you also need to know certain rules for checking them.
To begin with, it is advisable to check the hinges in the next day after installation. Otherwise, there is a high probability that the bird will die from hunger and cold, or it will simply become a victim of predators - wolves, foxes or just an ermine.
Before installing the loops, be sure to check the weather forecast. If in the coming days is promised frost, blizzard or heavy snowfall, you should abandon the hunt, more precisely, move it to a more prosperous time. It is unlikely that a hunter will go for prey in bad weather. So, the bird is guaranteed to die. And because of the snowstorm, its detection may be impossible at all. A real hunter who values nature and all living animals and birds will not do so.
Checking the loops several times and deciding to stop the hunt - regardless of the result - they must be removed. After all, they can get both wild birds and animals, and hunting dogs.
Advantages of using a loop
Now it is worth figuring out what advantages the use of loops instead of the usual hunting rifle has.
The most obvious advantage is the ability to take the bird alive. Still, not everyone wants to catch a pheasant as a hunting trophy. Someone may want to catch him alive, to settle in the aviary at the site near the house, having the opportunity to admire this exquisite bright bird.
An additional advantage is thrift. Still, the acquisition of a dozen meters of wire will cost very cheap. And the purchase of cartridges today, alas, is a very expensive pleasure.
Finally, catch a pheasant under the power of only a truly experienced hunter who knows all the habits of this cunning bird. So such a hunt can be called a kind of test that allows you to separate lovers from real masters of their craft, who feel at home in the forest.
On this, our article comes to an end. After reading it, you have become a little better to understand the hunt. So now you can easily make loops on the pheasant with your own hands, and also install them correctly. Perhaps the first time it will be impossible to boast of serious trophies. But after several attempts, you can certainly get the coveted bird.