So the story is, the wife tells me she just saw a spruce chicken land in the bushes just off the end of the driveway. I grab the 410 and dog and wife and we walk down to make the harvest. When we get close I send the dog in. The bird steps into clear view to me just 20 ft away like a dumb spruce chicken would do. I quickly raise the gun and take a head shot. About the time I pull the trigger I realize I just shot a pheasant(?) of some kind.
Anyone ever heard of a common pheasant mating with a spruce hen? I've never seen a bird like this before. Perhaps a strange pen raised breed of pheasant? Any ideas folks?
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