By Reid Wilson
Three Pointers to Seeing Great Land Management
Following the pheasant trail is no easy business and that is why we have our canine friends to patter through the good thick stuff. Enjoying the different cover types is what makes a great pheasant hunt. These cover types are just as much friends to a hunter as the canines. The habitat can be the forgotten pheasant hunting team member. It really completes the experience.
Great Land Can Be Had
The land has to have a natural set up that is suitable for proper management. Tallgrass, Switchgrass, food plots, and tree lines work together. They position themselves around the land with the proper care from the land managers. Our land manager is Highland Hideaway. Take a look at their three keys to great habitat.
How you can know good land
Cover With Diversity
For this just ask Ryan at Highland Hideaway and he will say,
“The diversity of our cover, and the habitat rank at top of our priority list here at Highland Hunting, we strive each year to make sure we do everything we can to keep the best possible habitat.”
The habitat here offers challenging terrain covered with switchgrass, tallgrass, and food plots. And for those looking for technical hunting trying to show off a well placed shot good luck in the scrub trees and tree lines.
Mental Mission for Management: A Traditional Hunt
There is always a mental game in great productions be it sport, career, and yes, even habitat. The staff focus when caring for land has to have a mission. Back to Ryan at Highland Hideaway.
“Because of this (the habitat) I feel we truly produce the traditional Iowa pheasant hunt, as each field presents a different challenge to all types of hunters.”
Hard to beat a traditional Iowa pheasant hunt. Now that heads back to a time with grandfathers sharing a rooster covey flushing to the sky. With this mission in mind, the habitat is sure to succeed.
Have a Time to Rest
Imagine being pressed down by big ol’ boots all year long. Things would start to get awfully flat. Same for grass. An offseason allows the habitat to stay spry and stand tall come hunting season. At Highland the offseason is April through September, which means smiling grasses cackling with birds are there to greet come October.
At a place with habitat like Highland the challenge is presented because a strategy has to be made for successful hunts. Hunters to not want to be outscored by the birds. Land with habitat variety, strong mentality, and time to rest leads to a place where the birds, the dogs, and the hunters can call home.