FYI : all animals have a flight distance that does not vary hardly at all within the species.. What I mean by this, is that once an animal spots you, it will not necessarily run off immediately. It will continue to browse (all the while keeping an eye on you) until you get into their flight distance. There personal space "bubble" if you will. -- That distance between you and them that is uncomfortably close for them -- at that point, they will flee.
Some animals and birds bolt very early, other much later.
Pheasants and quail and i'm sure other birds as well, are well known for flying relatively late in the early part of hunting season and taking flight much sooner, later in the season. As they become more acutely attuned to the fact that they are being hunted, the sooner they flee.
Having a general idea about the flight distance of the animal that you are hunting will give you a distinct edge as to knowing when to stalk farther or stop stalking and take the shot. I suppose you might find this data online somewhere, but the best way to get it is to just observe what happens as you stalk closer and closer.
Please remember, I'm talking about after you have been seen.
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