When you're alone or with one or two partners, forget about walking an orderly route. Start at the downwind end, turn the dog loose, and follow his nose. **Cropfields **
Years ago, standing corn was the traditional pheasant cover. Now, bigger and more efficient combines cut many fields to stubble long before opening day. If, however, there is any left in the area, that's where the birds will be. Hunting in standing corn, you'll enter a forest of stalks well over your head, with bare ground underfoot that offers pheasants nowhere to hide but lane after lane of hard-packed earth to run on. Such a situation calls for the classic Midwestern hammer-and-anvil drive. Standers slip quietly into position to wait at one end of the field, where their presence prevents the birds from running onto the next. The walkers and dogs begin at the other end. Moving through the rows, you'll spot the dark shapes of pheasants scooting down the open lanes, looking (to me at least) like cats. As a walker, you can only shoot at the ones that flush to the sides or behind you, lest you spatter the standers with shot. The best you can do is listen for chaos to erupt as the birds pour out over the blockers. Even when a drive doesn't work and pheasants sneak out to the sides, you've chased them out of the corn and into cover you can hunt more effectively.