I don't have any studies, but I do have anecdotal evidence. There comes a time when birds are in survival mode that any decent hunter will leave them alone. I applaud your consideration for the wildlife'Softy , better days ahead! All kidding hunt when you can, not a fan of moving birds when the weather is terrible , may be hard on the population? Never seen any studies on flushing upland birds during sub zero weather?
As long as there is good thick cover in the area, imo they are ok if flushed.It isn't good for them, but it isn't bad either imo.Softy , better days ahead! All kidding hunt when you can, not a fan of moving birds when the weather is terrible , may be hard on the population? Never seen any studies on flushing upland birds during sub zero weather?
When those berries freeze,they won't eat them.Where I am hunting there is plenty of cover to be found. There are stubble corn fields, that haven't been disced ,and cattle in a pasture and stubble field. So there is food available nearby.
One thing I am curious about there are chokecherry thickets loaded with berries I wonder if the birds feed on those ? Not covered with tracks so maybe not at this time.
I have hunted when it was bitter cold with deep snow - birds circle back to cover or come back at dark.
You must've been in a shelterbelt to have had a light breeze like 17-20. Over toward Thompson it was 30-35 sustained. Still, it was a great day to hunt & not miserable at all (especially when you're seeing & shooting pheasants). In our part of the world, things have to get really, really bad before flushing pheasants from cover becomes an issue. Your average pheasant around here has many easy options, usually within 1/2 mile, many times even closer. They live relatively easy lives compared to birds in other states, where 1 slough or shelterbelt or CRP field might be the only significant cover for miles.