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Game Bird Recipes

Bag some Missouri game birds? Turn them into good eats for your next gathering.

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Game Birds on Your Property

Learn to manage your land for pheasant, quail, turkey and prairie chicken—and improve your livestock forage base in the bargain.

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Pheasant Management

Browse guidelines for managing pheasants by habitat type on your Missouri property.

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Download this annually updated document detailing Missouri's quail and pheasant populations.

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Photo of a man releasing two ring-necked pheasant cocks into a field.

Releasing Ring-Necked Pheasants

Originally from Asia, pheasants can be bred in captivity and have been introduced in many countries, including the United States, as a gamebird. The Romans were some of the first to introduce it to Europe. It’s very popular in Great Britain.

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Photo of a male ring-necked pheasant walking on the ground.

Ring-Necked Pheasant

In fall and winter, pheasants eat grain and other seeds, leaves, roots, berries, nuts, and some insects. Like other gallinaceous (chickenlike) birds, they mostly feed on the ground, scratching, digging, and pecking as they forage.

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Ring-Necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus
Long-tailed and chickenlike, the ring-necked pheasant was introduced to America in the 1880s as a gamebird. It’s present in the northern quarter of the Missouri and in parts of the Bootheel.

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Ring-Necked Pheasant

Pheasants were introduced to the United States from China in the 1880s and have become one of the nation’s most popular game birds.

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Ring-Necked Pheasant (Immature Male)

The fleshy red patches around the eyes show that this immature ring-necked pheasant is a young male.

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Ring-Necked Pheasant Cock

The adult male ring-necked pheasant has a red fleshy patch of skin around the eye and usually a white ring around the neck.

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