How to shoot pheasants

Knowing how to shoot pheasants properly is a lesson every sportsman must learn. 26-time world champion George Digweed offers his words of wisdom. For more of George Digweed’s shooting top tips, read George Digweed’s guide to grouse and George Digweed’s ultimate pigeon decoying guide. Or keep reading to learn how…

Reeves's pheasant

The Reeves’s pheasant will occassionally appear at a British shoot, but only as an escapee that will cost you a hefty fine if you shoot it. Do you know the history of what you are shooting? Read the history of the pheasant to impress at the shoot lunch. REEVES’S PHEASANT…

Cheer pheasant

The Cheer pheasant originates from the Himalaya region from western Pakistan to Nepal, but it is a vulnerable, threatened specie that has teetered on the brink of extinction. For a more familiar pheasant to our shores, read Caucasian pheasant: the Old English Blackneck. CHEER PHEASANT The Cheer pheasant is native…

Grey junglefowl

The Grey junglefowl is very distinctive, with neck hackles dotted with pale yellow spots, and its feathers have been in such high demand a ban was put in place in 1968 on exporting the birds from India. For a pheasant closer to home, read Caucasian pheasant: the Old English Blackneck.…

Satyr tragopan

The Satyr tragopan, also known as the Crimson-horned pheasant, can be found in thickly forested mountain areas of India, Tibet, Bhutan, China and Nepal, and its appearance is as striking as its home. With deep crimson feathering interspersed with white spots, this pheasant is prized for its appearance. For another…

Impeyan pheasant

The Impeyan pheasant, also known as the Himalayan monal, is far bigger than other pheasants, standing at more than 2ft tall. It also lives between 8,000-15,000ft, which is higher than any other pheasant. For another pheasant that can be found in the Himalayas, read about the striking Satyr tragopan: the…

Caucasian pheasant

The Caucasian pheasant was originally brought to England by the Romans, but a long history hasn’t saved their ever declining numbers. Finding a pure Caucasian pheasant is very rare, and while you can buy the birds from game farms they are usually cross-breeds. The World Pheasant Association (WPA) are part…

Poached pheasant

Poached pheasant makes for a warming dish now the shooting season is underway. For more inspiration, take a look at our top 10 best pheasant recipes. Here Philippa Davis shares one of her postcard recipe. Sign up on the Philippa Davis website to get every new postcard recipe sent straight…