Hunting is a popular sport amongst many Ryan Motor’s customers, and a large majority of our staff. Deer, duck and pheasant seem to be the most popular game in the state of North Dakota. Duck and deer have always been a main hunting attraction for centuries, but what about pheasants? Pheasants were introduced to the state of New York in the 18th century, but they did not flourish in the Midwest until 1881-1882 when Judge Owen Nickerson Denny shipped roughly 30 pheasants to Oregon. The pheasant is a native of China and its existence has been documented as early as 2000 B.C. Some studies even suggest that the pheasant was around 13 million years ago. In the early Middle Ages only the upper classes were allowed to hunt the “exotic” bird. Pheasants prefer to run from predators but when airborne, they can reach speeds up to 60 mph. Pheasants do not mate for life as the females will often take multiple partners, accounting for their consistent and rapid growth throughout the country. Good luck this fall!
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