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Never even heard of them till I saw one at the end of our driveway today...

did a little research and they are called...

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Melanistic Mutants

This melanistic mutant is a pure breed. These large, beautiful pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage. A favorite variety for release, they display a remarkable ability to survive and reproduce in the wild. Prime habitat consists of 55-70 % crop fields such as corn, soybean, or small grains. The remainder of the habitat should include some wetlands, grassland, and woodland or brushy thickets

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He didnt let me get too close but could care less about the cars going by 10ft away...

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I hunt in Paynesville area and a guy driving down the road stopped us while we were hunting a ditch. He wanted to show us the black rooster he had shot earlier in the day. It looked like the one in picture just not as quite as dark.

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Ive heard of them being at game farms. Any chance you are close to a game farm that he got lucky and excaped.

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Ther are also a few others that are very pretty.

The Silver is ok but the Golden and the Lady Amhurst are very beautiful pheasants. I raise these for people to have mounted. I do not believe any of these 3 birds can be found in the wild in the U.S.

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Is there any reason that the other breeds wouldn't do as well in the wild as the Ringneck?

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I Shot a golden on my trip to ND last season. Absolutely one of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen. Ran into the nagging feeling I get when harvesting one of these beautiful animals, I almost wish I let it fly. It was a smaller one or else I'd would have gotten it mounted. Tasted delicous though!

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I Shot a golden on my trip to ND last season. Absolutely one of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen. Ran into the nagging feeling I get when harvesting one of these beautiful animals, I almost wish I let it fly. It was a smaller one or else I'd would have gotten it mounted. Tasted delicous though!

Wow that is awesome. I would have mounted it regardless of size. The golden must have got off a farm. They are usually found in the wild in the mountains of China.

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