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Offline 253CritterGetter

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Need help aging a pheasant
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:34:51 PM »
Anybody have an idea on how old this guy might be? Ive never seen a rooster with such sharp spurs.

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Re: Need help aging a pheasant
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 08:52:50 AM »
Nice hold over bird for sure. I think age beyond 1 yr is a crap shoot, and spurs don't always tell the story. Some hold overs have small spurs...and some first years have long tails. Best first year check I know is to hold the bird by the lower beak.  A first year birds beak will bend in half a hold over will not.

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Re: Need help aging a pheasant
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2020, 10:47:29 AM »
Agree its at least 1-2 years old. i have found that body weight is a big tell for birds harvested from the same area at the same time. older roosters tend to be noticeably heavier when all things are equal and have a lot more yellow fat. same thing happens to humans as well. the heads and beaks tend to be larger as well. of course none of these things are a perfect tell and it helps to have multiple samples to compare against. Last tell of older birds are the one who launch at 100 yards.


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Re: Need help aging a pheasant
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2020, 04:31:35 PM »
Best no-nonsense advice I've seen online:

Tail length? Spur Length? Weight? In actuality, aging older roosters is kind of like aging Dominican baseball players your guess is as good as any. There is almost no way to tell 2-year old, 3-year old and, in extremely rare instances, 4-year old roosters apart.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Need help aging a pheasant
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2020, 05:16:20 PM »
I raised pheasants for years.  There is no appreciative way to tell how old once mature.


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