SIX: Don't plan a big trip for opening day.
If you travel to hunt pheasants, make your trip two or three weeks after opening day (unless of course you've already leased a section of South Dakota pheasant country or married into an Iowa farm family, in which case you don't need my advice). Too many people think opening weekend, with its uneducated, unhunted birds of the year, is the best time to hunt pheasants. In fact, the weather can be hot, cutting your dog's endurance and scenting ability. Many years, the fields aren't harvested by opening day, either. Pheasants will hide among the standing crops where you can't go after them. If you don't have a place to hunt lined up long before opening day, you might not find one, and public lands will be very crowded.