Who Says Pheasants Won't Nest in the South?

There are folks who contend you can stock as many pheasants as you want in the South, but you'll never establish a breeding population. They argue that the springs are too mild, that there are too many egg-foraging varmints and that the habitat conditions simply aren't right for producing wild ringnecks.

Well, there may be some truth to that, but the iPhone photo below snapped by my buddy Mike Wallace near his kennel in Virginia proves that it's not impossible for pheasants to nest south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Look carefully: Just behind the hen and to her right, there's a pheasant chick below the deadfall branches. Wallace says he counted a total of seven chicks following their mother through the hedgerow. It's a pretty neat photo, and it provides a little encouragement for those of us who long to see pheasants expand upon their current range.

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1 Response to Who Says Pheasants Won't Nest in the South?

Carl wrote:
June 18, 2012

I think that's just a dead leaf.