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- The pheasant first came to Minnesota in 1905, when 70
pairs were released.
- Minnesotans harvested a record 1,790,000 pheasants in
- Pheasants have a short lifespan. Only 30 to 35 percent
of the adult birds survive from one year to the next, regardless of whether
or not they are hunted.
- On flat ground, a ringneck can run at speeds of eight
to 10 miles per hour. Pheasants can fly at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
- A typical rooster accumulates a harem of three to seven
- Pheasant nests contain an average of 12 eggs.
- Hens will make from one to four attempts at nesting during
the spring nesting season.
- The spring ratio of hens to roosters is usually about
- Only about 10 percent of the roosters are needed for
- Pheasants need large amounts good, undisturbed habitat
for nesting, and heavy winter cover to survive and thrive. Good habitat
is the most important factor regarding pheasant populations.