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Hunting, shooting for Pheasant

Driven birds, Walked up

Sporting a body of some of the most colorful and creative plumage of all upland birds, a flushed rooster pheasant is an unforgettable, breathtaking sight to witness.

Native to China and introduced to North America in the late 1800s, ring-necked pheasant is a trophy bird which thrives in grasslands, prairies and sparsely covered fields alongside prairie chickens. Besides ring-necked, other trophy pheasant species to hunt in drives or individually include old English black necks, and reeves.

A bevy of pheasants is best approached from two angles, confusing the group with a two-sided attack but may also be flushed alone or with a hunting dog. When they feel threatened, or confused, baffled by too much noise or too little, before you know it they will be off, squawking and flushing far earlier than you expect. Their long tail feathers make them great, powerful launchers in open fields, making them horrible fliers in wooded areas, an area they try to avoid at all costs.

Don't let their explosive flush persuade you to shoot foolishly into the chaos when the do decide to flush. Trap shooting practice and focusing on their white neck ring before shooting pays off in this style of flight-retreat.

Basic Info

Varieties: Ringneck Pheasant, Reeve's Pheasant

Scientific name: Phasianus colchicus

Size: length: 60 – 89 cm, wingspan: 50 – 70 cm

Weight: 0,9-1.2 kg

Lifespan: 1.5 years

Methods: Falconry, High volume shooting, Wing shooting, Driven birds, Walked Up

Countries: North America, Europe, Middle-East, parts of Asia