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Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by seiowa, Aug 28, 2019.
Seems the consensus is they are good.
Better or worse than phez?
I'd say about the same just smaller.
IMO a bit stronger in the flavor department, not a whole lot. Had both wild and pen raised and loved them both. Cooked on the grill or in the oven, I wrap them with bacon or country ham fat and they are very tasty.
For me they are the second best upland after blue grouse.
A couple guys came into the store and bought ammo from my son and said they were going after Blue Grouse.He was very busy and couldnt talk,sure would like to know where they are.
I prefer pheasant. Quail, pheasant, chukar. Haven't had any other upland birds unfortunately. I also do not go with the 'taste like chicken' deal either.
Love them, make chile verde style tacos with mine. Same with pheasant.
I don't find pheasant (on it's own) has much flavor at all, but I don't get the chance to shoot and consume wild ones.
I've tried smoking them, but they are so lean they came out tougher than I'd like. I've brined them for roasting and they came out awesome. I should probably do the same before smoking them.
You would love it.
They can be one of the most challenging birds to hunt. Their modus operandi is to run uphill on their strong legs just within or just out of shotgun range and then when you and your dog are thoroughly exhausted, to fly around the mountain or across the canyon to the other side.
It was one of those times, about 10 years ago, hunting chukar in the snake river canyon, when both the dog and I were completely exhausted, that I realized that if I had a coronary there, I might not be found. Ever.
After that time, I let people know where I'm gonna be.
Better than pheasant. I don't think pheasant (wild or pen) is all that good. Ruffed grouse followed by dove are my favorite upland birds.