Don't let the absence of a dog spoil your desire to hunt.
Walk Linear Cover
Upland birds love linear cover. Fence lines, tree rows, brushy shelterbelts, even rows of corn and wheat stubble all appeal to birds.
Stop and sit still for a minute or so. Birds will typically know your location based on the consistent sounds you make. when you take that away from them they will often flush.
If you have enough guys to walk close together, it’s possible to push a big field and jump the young birds that lack the elusiveness of running around your footsteps.
Game Farms & Preserves
There is no doubt that Stocked birds lack the survival instincts of a wild pheasant that has evaded predation its entire existence. Look up the Wildlife Management Zones in your state. Most states have several areas they stock 2-3 times a week.
If you stumble upon a bird that doesn't flush, I have found that it is best not to chase it. You wont catch him. and odds are you wont get close enough to kick him up in the air. Try to throw a rock at him instead to get him to fly up or take a shot.
Pheasant hunting tends to be at its best early in the morning and again in the evening. Mornings are best because the birds are often found in grasses or other light cover, searching for food. This is especially important if you are planning to hunt a crowded, stocked area.
Make Sure They're Dead
Don't Be afraid to use an extra shell to make sure the bird is dead. You don't want to trudge through the swamp or patch of briars just to find out the bird was stunned and ran off.