Pheasants are birds of several genera within the subfamily Phasianinae, of the family Phasianidae; they inhabit the world over and have a long history of residence as a game bird. The common Pheasant is one of the most hunted birds, and in many places, it has been introduced purely for that reason. Due to their willingness to stick to a home environment without straying and their differentiating flying abilities, they can provide some excellent sport for the guns. Four of the most common species include the Ring-necked, Michigan blueback, Blacknecks and Bazanty Pheasants.
Feeding on a diet of mainly seeds, grains, and berries in summer and a range of insects, fresh green shoots, and earthworms in winter, the birds can grow up to 60cm to 89cm. However, its tail accounts for almost 50cm of its total length. They have a wingspan of 71cm to 86cm and can weigh as much as 2lb to 3lb, and reach speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour. They’re well known for being highly decorated, and the male birds can produce some stunning colours. The bright gold barred plumage with fiery copper-red and chestnut brown plumage. The iridescent shine of the greens and purple feathers certainly capture your attention.
Traditionally Pheasants are hunted on driven shoots, with birds flushed out of the undergrowth, towards the guns, by a team of beaters and gun dogs. This can provide some exhilarating shooting as the bird’s dive and dart at speed from the undergrowth.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Pheasant Shooting.
Enjoy views of Mátra's rolling hills and the quaint village of Bodony whilst shooting some of the most challenging game birds within the lodge's vast estate. Your host Balint and his team will bend over backwards to give you the most superbly presented birds possible, ensuring you have something to talk about on your return home.
The splendour of this beautiful estate in France is a sight for sore eyes. The stunning Chateau is home to Coen stork and his wife Catherine where their passion for hunting and hospitality is indescribable. You will enjoy only the most exquisite cuisine, accommodation and service which will accompany the sensational shooting.
Come and experience one of the most magnificent shooting estates in all of Sweden. Owned and run by Mauritz Klingspor and his wife Ida-Sofia the two work closely to ensure that the highest standards are met and the finest quality shooting and accommodation are available for travelling guns to enjoy.
Average Customer Satisfaction Score 95%
"The Stora Sundby Castle is absolutely stunning and I genuinely felt like royalty when staying there. Each shooting day was action-packed and we shot big numbers of Pheasants. I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone who was thinking about taking a trip."
"I think the best testimonial for this destination is the fact I've already booked to go back next year. My group had a perfect week shooting in and around the Mátra Estate and from the moment we left home to the moment we returned everything went smoothly. The trip was truly everything we'd expected and more. Thank you!"
"I've been shooting all across Europe, but this was my first time visiting Hungary. It was a truly fantastic week staying at one of the best lodges I've ever stayed in, it was absolutely stunning. Each day was busy and all the guns shot plenty of shells. Would I return? Absolutely so. A big thanks to everyone who made my trip possible."