Can anybody give me some insight on hunting pheasants with beagles. I have a 1 year old that I would like to train for pheasants. Looking for recommendations on books, DVDs, collars, etc...thank you in advance!!
Just saw this and not sure if you are still watching this page, but here is some advise. I have hunted beagles for pheasants and other upland birds nearly all my life. I have a 5 year old 20" beagle named Zeke and he just loves chasing birds. Pheasants, grouse, even woodcock here in Mn. When this site first came into being I wrote a long article titled "Beagles and Birds" and it is still on the site. Look for it under "Training". It gives you a lot of tips on how to start and train your beagle.
Of course pheasants aren't rabbits and hunting them with a beagle is sometimes a really aerobic experience especially when a rooster does a straight shot sprint down a fence line and you have to keep up with the hound in order to say close enough to get a shot. But I have never lost a cripple with a beagle. They will track them till either the beagle or the bird drops.