Advantages of a Hunter Orange Cap
Although the brown Filson Tin Cloth hats and tan, waxed ball caps give hunters a distinguished look in the field, they may not be as useful as blaze/hunter orange pheasant hunting cap when hunting.
- First, the obvious difference is that a hunter orange cap makes hunters more visible and safer in the field.
- Second, however, is the practicality when a pheasant is shot down in tall or thick cover.
The sight of a pheasant falling from the sky after the shotguns fire is usually a satisfying site. However, that can quickly change when the pheasant’s feet are extended down: that means it is wounded and likely will hit the ground running. The fear of losing a wounded bird creeps in the hunter’s mind.
As the hunter approaches the spot of the downed pheasant, he or she can remove that bright hunter orange headwear and drop it where the bird landed. If dogs are involved, they may already be on the scent and chase. However, the hunter who made the shot should start walking in a tight, winding circle around that orange cap, slowly increasing the circumference of the circle with each lap.
In thick Kansas CRP fields or other think cover, becoming slightly disoriented when searching for a dead or wounded bird can happen very easily, and sometimes remembering the exact location of where the bird fell originally slips away.
A bright orange pheasant hunting cap will serve as a beacon to mark that critical landing zone. If the bird isn’t found after spiraling around that cap out to 30 yards or so, start over at the mark. Sometimes a wounded, wily bird will be hunkering down in thick cover just a few feet from where it landed.
After the dog and the hunter find and secure the bird, he or she can put the cap back on and feel satisfied about making a wise cap selection that morning.