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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #330 on: January 06, 2017, 03:21:15 PM »


 Technically ,pheasants are legal quarry , but...
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« Reply #332 on: January 06, 2017, 03:51:05 PM »
I think for some it's rather a mute point.
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« Reply #333 on: January 06, 2017, 03:56:24 PM »
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #334 on: January 06, 2017, 04:13:56 PM »
 :D :D
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #335 on: January 06, 2017, 10:32:29 PM »
Pheasants are game birds , so some one somewhere has taken time and care to raise them. I think it would be bad form to shoot them as a pest. They're bred for sport.
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #336 on: January 06, 2017, 11:00:30 PM »
There tasty though  ;D I'd never shoot a pheasant unless it was for the pot.
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« Reply #337 on: January 07, 2017, 11:08:32 AM »
Pheasants are game birds , so some one somewhere has taken time and care to raise them. I think it would be bad form to shoot them as a pest. They're bred for sport.

Exactly.

The pheasant isn't originally a native of this country, they were introduced specifically as game, so not only has someone taken the time and care to raise them....but buy them too....and they ain't cheap!!

Shotgunners pay thousands of pounds a year for a peg on an estate, which employs Gamekeepers and (sometimes even ) Junior Gamekeepers and other staff to tend to the birds needs two or three times a day (feeding and watering) when they are poults, right up until they are released from the safety of their pens into the countryside. Even then, the Gamekeepers try to keep the birds from straying off the land they were released on, and on shoot days, the estate will hire in 'beaters' to drive the birds towards the guns, and also 'pickers' who have well trained expensive dogs to retrieve the shot birds. Obviously, all this costs a HUGE amount of money and organisation every year, which is why the shotgunning community can get more than a bit miffed if someone comes in and pilfers 'their sport' by shooting 'their' pheasants.

So although shooting (in season) pheasants using an airgun isn't technically illegal (poaching notwithstanding), whether you feel it is actually ethical and fair is another matter.


I would also question if they could actually be shot using 'pests' as a valid reason, because from my understanding of it, they are not on the 'pest' species list (be aware the general licences differ between WALES, Scotland and england).

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #338 on: January 07, 2017, 11:22:33 AM »
Excellent post, Gambo.
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« Reply #339 on: January 07, 2017, 11:23:34 AM »
At my old club there was one bloke who raised pheasants for shoots, after one shoot he asked why the shooters (think they were from down south) hadn't picked up the shot birds, the shooter asked why? The keeper said aren't you going to pick up the pheasants and take them home? The shooter said why would I do that? I payed to shoot them, not pick them up and dispose of them!
The local butcher had a field day when the keeper said do you want any pheasants?
The keeper is a worrier, he was concerned that someone might choke on the small bones in the pheasants legs, so he cut all the legs off, I got them, they were in the pot untill all the meat dropped off them then all the little bones were collected and disposed of, a lot of the fat was skimmed off when it cooled, result was a fantastic stock to use as a base for a stew ;D 
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