This is a good time to see these gaudy fellows. All the young cock pheasants are out strutting and crowing in fairly open areas, trying to attract a harem to spend the winter and be able to start the spring breeding season as early as possible.
In the process, many are picked off by predators, hit by cars, or fall prey to any number of other mishaps. The good news is it takes only a ratio of one rooster to ten hens to make things work well in the spring. This is nature’s way of ensuring the quickest survive.
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