WILLMAR -- During normal winters, with food plots and waste grain in crop stubble, feeding pheasants is not necessary. However, during severe winters some flocks can benefit from feeding if people have interest and do it properly.
Here are some things to do and not do from the Kandiyohi Chapter of Pheasants Forever:
- Do not place food on the seid of the road or near snowmobile trails. Attracting pheasants and deer to roadsides is not only dangerous to the animals, but to humans as well.
- Do place food where birds are seen feeding in an open, windswept area close to thick cover. A high spot with southern exposure next to a grove of trees, brushy cover or cattail marsh is ideal.
- If you scatter corn on the ground, start out with a small amount and add to it after the birds have found it. Dumping a pile of corn at the beginning is not only wasteful, but it may be buried by the snow and never found by the birds.
- If possible, avoid feeding in areas where many deer are concentrated. If deer discover your feeding site, put out a smaller amount of corn each time, but replenish the supply frequently. You may want to start another site in a different location and stop feeding at the first site when birds have found the new one.
- Once you start feeding, don't stop until the snow melts and the fields are open once again. The birds will become dependant on your food. Check your site once or twice a week.