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The Pheasant Exam: Test Your Hunting IQ

Our tenured pheasant professor has compiled 27 tough questions on wingshooting, safety, gun dogs, bird science, and more to test your upland smarts.

It only makes sense that in a nation of immigrants, America's gamebird would be an immigrant, too. While some use the term Chinese chicken derisively, that's exactly what the ringneck pheasant is. 


As gamebirds, pheasants have poor manners. They will sit, sneak, run, or flush wild more often than they will politely offer up 20- to 25-yard shots. Honestly, there is no secret to bagging pheasants. Hunt good cover behind a good dog and shoot straight, and you'll have pheasant for dinner.

Still, there are fine points to the game. The exam that follows will test your pheasant hunting savvy, and even if you disagree with the "right" answers, you may glean some new ideas to help you bag more birds this fall.

So here are 27 tough questions on wingshooting, safety, gun dogs, bird science, and more to test your upland smarts—and to prepare you for part two: the field exam.

 

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