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Old 12-03-2013, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Two brothers, Jay, and I ventured out Mon. for some Ringnecks. Lucky to have a friend farm just across the road from a Hunt Club SW of Dwight. Rumor was that the hunt club was releasing 250 roosters for the Holiday weekend. We got 4 (pics), including Jay's Black Pheasant. He snapped off a quick shot and hammered it so it was unmountable. Still a beautiful bird: all black except for some green feathers on the back, some blue on it's belly, the red face patch, and a little brown in the tail (nice long tail feather!). Black mutation not common in pen raised birds. But compared to wild birds: in 30 years of chasing wild pheasants I've only seen a partial albino, and my buddy harvested that in Livingston Co. in the late 60s. Never saw the black mutation in wild birds. Assisted by Sadie, Jays 8 yr old female yellow lab. She bumped the first bird or we would have walked right by it. In my exuberance to get a pic of Blackie I cut Jay's head off-sorry Dude.

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice job on the birds slim. My brother and I got 4 two weekends ago and only 1 this past weekend, hunting one day per weekend. We were hunting between dwight and campus. I also have permission across from that hunt club, to the north, but its just field with a very short creek cutting across the corner. I havent tried there in years, but I have heard they release massive amounts of pheasant on opening day too. That black one looks amazing. We take my 2.5 year old male yellow lab along with us. He's getting pretty good, the day we got 4 he kicked up 5 out of 6 birds that we had fly. He was so close behind two of them i couldn't shoot until they elevated and were probably too far away. Anyway, nice shooting on some beautiful birds!
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Those black ones get pretty big too.

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