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Pheasant Traits Hunters Love to See in the Wild

Pheasant hunters love to explore the beauty of the woods, fields, and habitats during the fall and winter season. Typically, only one or two pheasants can be bagged per day in Wisconsin (more in some states), during the hunting season, but the opportunity to see these beautiful birds up close is priceless and an extension of the hunting experience. Read More »


Have a Very Gourmet Christmas and a Grand New Year

I don’t know about you, but the holidays seem to bring out the gourmet chef in me! We have scaled back on gifts at my house and have been splurging on having a pot luck of delicious foods. Pheasant has been a frequent request! I have served it baked with rice, in a pheasant pot pie, a pheasant pizza, a pheasant salad, and even on the grill. Read More »


Winterizing Pens Keeps Game Bird Farmers Busy

On any given day at MacFarlane Pheasants, 3-6 people are kept busy winterizing the pens that hold pheasants, partridges, and huns. Typically, this work begins in October, as the temperature starts to get colder. The process we follow is repeated yearly, during the fall. Just like many jobs on a game bird farm, processes are repeated seasonally to make sure our pheasant population is well protected all year long. Read More »


Memories from Early Winter in the MacFarlane History

As the cold settled in this past week, I was reminded of the Great Armistice Day Storm of 1940. Ken MacFarlane, Uncle to Bill MacFarlane, died in this infamous storm. He had gone duck hunting with friends on the Upper Mississippi on November 11,1940 and never returned. Read More »


10 Christmas Ideas for Your Pheasant Loving Friends

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and we are so happy to offer you some exciting choices for your pheasant loving friends and family!  Items can be purchased at our store in Janesville or online and we are sure that your gifts will delight the recipients and arrive on time! MacFarlane Pheasants’ employees pride themselves on quality service. Read More »


Clean Water is the Life Blood of Living Things

Water is needed for all of the organic processes necessary for life. It regulates body temperature, digestion, and elimination of waste. Game birds consume at least twice as much water as feed and it is a big responsibility at MacFarlane Pheasants to keep our water clean and flowing. It is also an easy and cost effective avenue to administer nutrients, acidifiers, and vaccines that our thousands of birds need to ensure good health. Read More »

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What is the Largest Pheasant Breed Offered at MacFarlane Pheasants?

The Extra-Large Ringneck Pheasant is the largest pheasant breed we offer on our farm. This breed is primarily Mongolian blood and is a real challenge for bird dogs to get into flight! These big birds tend to be ground runners. When they do get off the ground they are slower flyers. The cocks weigh in between 3.5-4 pounds and hens weigh between 2.5-3 pounds, at maturity. They are about 1 pound larger than the standard Ringneck, which is our biggest seller. The Extra-Large Ringneck appeals to hunt clubs and growers for two main reasons. Read More »