|South Dakota Guided Pheasant Hunting|
A hunter needs to know the difference between a hen and rooster pheasant before he or she pulls the trigger. Most of the time, the identity of the bird flushing at your feet is obvious. There are situations, though, where it is good to hesitate or hold back. Birds flushing into a rising or setting sun are often a tough call. It's not always possible to hunt pheasants with the sun at your back, but it's a good idea.
Newly hatched chicks are covered with soft buff-colored down with dark markings on the head and back and weigh about a half an ounce. Juveniles of both sexes, up to 10 weeks of age, resemble females in color, and by 16 weeks of age, both sexes are almost indistinguishable from adults.