The pheasant, when truly autochthonous, can never be taken for granted, and this game has been known to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of more than a few expert hunters and dogs. Hunters know this game’s run through cover and other defensive techniques well, strategies that become more and more difficult to predict as the hunting season progresses.
The noise made by the dogs and hunter as they get closer are well known to this game. Surprising a pheasant and forcing it to take flight at a reasonable range for taking a shot is a challenge only skilled dogs can match, intercepting the lightning fast movements of the pheasant before it reaches a safe distance and escapes.
The hunt will be all the more challenging and thrilling in untamed woodland, often steep and rugged, difficult to move over and an excellent environment for the game to hide in.
This is where the pheasant passes the winter, moving fast and cautiously to feed in the quiet of midday, to return to its safe haven often in the highest fronds of the trees, away from any threat. Dogs with stamina to spare, well-balanced and brave are essential on this type of hunt, dogs that won’t give up on the scent in even the nastiest of brambles and the tightest spaces where the chase almost always ends. In this video, we’ll see an English and a continental breed, a Pointer and a Brittany, a pair of dogs that appears to be a winning match thanks to the resourcefulness of the first combined with the practicality and versatility of the second, putting the hunter, Gianni Lugari in this case, just where he needs to be for the successful conclusion of the hunt to write another chapter in the epilogue of this timeless challenge.