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What is the best method for putting out pen raised pheasants.  I have done quail before by twirling them a few times then laying them in brush, but I have never done pheasants before.  I am getting some quail and pheasants for this weekend. If  someone has experience putting out pheasants, I would appreciate some advice.
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We plant 90 pheasants every week at our semi-wild club. Most of us tuck their heads under a wing and gently shake them up and down for about 30 seconds. We also try to place them in brush that is covering them. Makes them less likely to try and fly. Try not to stand around and admire your work when your done. Just walk away quickly. This method generally works for us.
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Check the rule book before you go - in PA, if you plant game birds anywhere but on a licensed preserve they immediately become wild birds and you are subject to bag limits, seasons, and all other game laws.
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We plant 90 pheasants every week at our semi-wild club. Most of us tuck their heads under a wing and gently shake them up and down for about 30 seconds. We also try to place them in brush that is covering them. Makes them less likely to try and fly. Try not to stand around and admire your work when your done. Just walk away quickly. This method generally works for us.

Use scrub's method - it'll work for you.

During gun dog training demos, I used to lay pigeons and pheasants on top of a training table on the side where their head was tucked under a wing.  Before letting go, I'd pull their feet straight out and stroke them - seemed to put them to sleep.  No spinning needed.

That was for show and gave a great visual.  When planting for training or shooting I'd use scrub's method.

Ken

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I had never planted a pheasant until last week.  A friend of mine who works part-time at a preserve explained his method.  Grab the pheasant by the feet.  Swing it at arms length (like a windmill) 25 times.  Then take the dizzy pheasant and grip it around the wings like you were holding a football in front of you vertically with both hands.  The birds head is up.  Then you move the bird in 25 figure-eights.  Around 20 you will see their head flopping around.  Then I take their head and put it under a wing.  I lay them down in brush on the side with the head under wing.  If possible, I push a little brush on top of them.  They are ALWAYS there when I bring the dog in.  Works for me... :)

Keystone

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Make sure you don't plant them too deep, keep their heads above ground so they can breathe.  Word of warning, though:  I have used this method many times and have never gotten a single pheasant to grow.

AndyM

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Make sure you don't plant them too deep, keep their heads above ground so they can breathe.  Word of warning, though:  I have used this method many times and have never gotten a single pheasant to grow.

AndyM

You need to use the proper fertilizer and water liberally.  I like a nice organic 10-5-10 mix.  Seems to work well.  :D   :p  :<img src=:'>

Frank

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I like to plant them firmly in my game bag beside a quail or two,  later to be planted directly in my mouth with wild rice and a cold beverage.
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chickenhunterbob

If we're "planting" pheasants to hunt up, we just let them go, fly where they may and hunt em up.

If you want to "plant" pheasants, I use a trick out of Paul Long's book.

Place them on the ground the right way up, and (hold the wings) press on the back of the neck (spine, just above the body) with your index finger, fairly hard, and for a few seconds, maybe 10 - 15, it varies. Eventually the bird will open it's beak and sort of cough, or burp, and it's body will shudder, or heave, but you'll know.

You're done, the bird is "planted" and will sit where it is for as long as it takes for any sort of dog training drill, yet will be alert and ready to fly if heavily pressured, by the pup.

Paul Long says they sit 20 minutes or more. I've never timed how long they sit, but easily long enough for any drills I do.

A bird that is half beat to death by shaking or spinning in a sack can be disoriented upon point, and easily caught by a dog that is not steady. I've actually seen them try to fly upside down, with not much success.

It may take a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but once you do you will probably never plant a pheasant any other way.

Supposed to work with quail as well, but I've never tried.

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