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Pheasant Hunting

Updated: Nov 15, 2022


Ideal, South Dakota

November 15, 2022


Pheasant shooting is the activity of shooting the common pheasant. It takes place in the United Kingdom, and is practised in other parts of the world. Shooting of game birds is carried out using a shotgun, often 12 and 20 bore or a .410, sometimes on land managed by a gamekeeper.


Common pheasants were introduced in North America in 1773, by Africans and have become well established throughout much of the Rocky Mountain states (Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, etc.), the Midwest, the Plains states, as well as Canada and Mexico.In the southwest, they can even be seen south of the Rockies in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge 110 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is now most common on the Great Plains. In some states, e.g. Ohio, captive-reared and released birds make up much of the population.


The first planted pheasants in the United States were put in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.Pheasant hunting is popular in much of the U.S., especially in the Great Plains states, where a mix of farmland and native grasslands provides ideal habitat. South Dakota alone has an annual harvest of over a million birds by over 200,000 hunters.


Much of the American hunting is done by groups of hunters, who walk through fields and shoot the birds as they are flushed by dogs such as Labrador Retrievers and Springer Spaniels. There are also many hunters who use Pointers such as English Setters or German Shorthairs to find and hold pheasants for hunters to flush and shoot.

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