The ring-necked pheasant is native to Asia. Locally referred to as ringnecks or roosters, the bird was introduced in the United States as well as Europe and New Zealand years ago. Populations in North America are now well established in areas containing farmlands and native grasslands. Huntable pheasant populations can be found in Oklahoma, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Montana, Kansas, California, Utah, Wyoming, and many other states. The ringneck thrives in weedy fence rows, ditch banks or brushy woods. It uses these locations for cover if the need to escape from a predator arises.
Pheasant populations struggled in the United States during the 1960ís and 1970ís due to a lack of quality cover resulting from agricultural practices. Many fields that provided cover served as home for the upland bird were cleared to make room for crops.
Fortunately, pheasant populations have benefited enormously from the Conservation Reserve Program in the U.S.. CRP involves the planting of vast acres of native grasses by farmers in agricultural areas. CRP provides ideal cover for pheasant and other upland birds. Government agencies continue to struggle over the issue of the CRP programís future here in the U.S. Efforts of hunter groups like Pheasants Forever have succeeded in ensuring the programís success, at least in the short term.
Many hunting strategies are success-ful for pheasant. The use of both pointing dogs and flushing dogs are widely used.
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Pheasants have well developed legs and can run as fast as hunting dogs when they are being chased. Experienced pheasants love to run and will do so even in the slightest amount of cover. As many pheasant hunters will attest, these birds are very crafty and often outsmart even the most experienced hunters on a regular basis. If a pheasant is wounded, every effort should be made to get to a downed bird as soon as possible. In just a few seconds an injured bird can run long distances and nestle into cover not to be found.
More Info about Pheasants:
pheasant are highly colored, with a white neck ring and long tail.
Female pheasant are brown and also have a long tail. Pheasants
nest on the ground and will usually lay one light brown egg a day.
Totals eggs laid will usually range from six to sixteen. Pheasant
predators include; skunk, raccoons, hawks, owls, cats, dogs and others.
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