Pheasant Hunting Farms

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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If you're looking to take a trip to a pheasant hunting farm, the best place to look is South Dakota. South Dakota is the pheasant capital. The ringed-neck pheasant is the South Dakota state bird, and hunting it is more than just an outdoor activity--it's a state tradition. Even South Dakotans who don't usually hunt take part in an annual family or community pheasant hunt. Taking a trip to a pheasant hunting farm will help you become part of this tradition, whether or not you're a South Dakotan.

The Ringed-Neck Pheasant

The ringed-neck pheasant is a quirky little bird with an unusual history. The bird is a newcomer to the United States, having first arrived from China in the late 1800s. People often assume the bird is a native of our continent, since it thrives so admirably in the wild, but this is not the case. The Phasianus Colchicus, or ringed-neck pheasant, is known by many names. It's sometimes called the true pheasant, Ringneck pheasant, Chinese pheasant or common pheasant.

This intriguing bird first came to the U.S. in 1881, when pheasants were imported from China to Oregon. Pheasants have thrived in a number of different countries, including Japan, New Zealand, and parts of Western Europe. They like corn fields, grass lands and wide open spaces. The bird is easily domesticated, because it frequently feeds off ground.

Pheasants are not only beautiful and lively, they're delicious. Before booking a stay at a pheasant farm or ranch, find out whether the birds are cleaned for you or whether you are expected to do it yourself. Pheasants may be delicious, but that doesn't necessarily mean you want to clean them.

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