I just saw a pheasant on my farm

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  1. KYBH4Life

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  2. GSP

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    You should have gone ahead and shot it. You may as well eat it as a hawk/yote. It ain't gonna make it anyway
     
  3. KYBH4Life

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    That's pretty negative thinking. Ranks up there with "I may as well go ahead and shoot this 100" buck b/c if I don't someone else will".
     
  4. pentail

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    It is a tame released bird. What he means is that it won't reproduce, probably won't make it through a couple of cold nights. Someone close to you picked up some farm birds and released them to shoot, that one must have gotten away from them. It more than likely won't see March.
     
  5. KYBH4Life

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    So there is absolutely no chance it was a wild bird then?

    So..pheasants in KY rank right up there with mt. lions in KY. Interesting. I just assumed it was wild

    Can you shoot them legally? My son immediately wanted to eat it
     
  6. pentail

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    No wild pheasants in KY. Minerals that are lacking in our soil keep them from being able to reproduce. It is most definitely a released bird and, to the best of my knowledge, legal to shoot at any time.
     
  7. KYBH4Life

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    I just got a text from a friend of mine telling me the Newcomb Farm had a pheasant hunt a few weeks ago and it must have survived. I'm only about 5 miles away as the crow flies so I guess that explains it
     
  8. pentail

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    I am surprised it has made it that long.
     
  9. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

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    They dont survive around here. A lot of people have released some and a few hunting reserves have paid hunts. Something about the soil I have always heard.
     
  10. KYBH4Life

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    Anyone watch the video? First time I ever posted a video. Dang pretty bird. He probably would look better plucked and browned on a plate though. And I have always wanted to try it!!!

    Next time I take my dogs out, the gun is going with me for sure!
     
  11. brettfrancis1

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    Pheasant can travel pretty far. It won't reproduce. I would expect Mt. lions to reproduce before pheasant. It is an exotic species so go ahead and take him. I find some that hang around longer than others. If they are smart enough to find some cover and food they stick around longer. I flushed one about a week ago that had been out a while. It was under some nice cover that held quail all summer. The mineral issue causes the pheasant eggs to be soft.
     
  12. captain71

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  13. dipits

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    Lot of people have tried to start pheasant in KY, including KYDFW . brettfrancis1 is correct that the eggs will not hatch in the wild. There are a
    lot hatched in pens . Two Toms in Marion county raises thousands every year to sell . Tom sells to KDFW for there draw hunts.
    I have seen several that get out of his pens in the past on land I used to hunt and they ate good.
     
  14. samjoe

    samjoe 6 pointer

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    Yeah I have shot some pen birds and was impressed how they tasted.
     
  15. Jhartley91

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    We introduced some to the farm in Owenton KY. The following year we stopped seeing them and started seeing feral cats...
     

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