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The Kansas

The Stay at Home Blueback 

After running a trial on our owns shoots and with a few brave customers, we are very excited to be able to offer the Kansas strain of Pheasant.

We have seen an 11% increase in the numbers of birds shot with the birds holding incredibly well and flying brilliantly. 

Every customer who tried them last year has either increased the number of Kansas or has gone for 100%.

This increasingly popular strain has also been recognised in the shooting press:


From the Shooting Times 21st September, 2011


“The Kansas Strain

The last drive of the day, Combine, so named after an ancient combine harvester sited on the skyline, consisted of three-quarters of a mile of woodland on the far valley bank, a long stretch of artichokes and 100 acres of cover behind the trees. The partridges on this drive were dominated by pheasants which, though it was only early September flew as though they had a couple of months shooting behind them.  This pure Kansas strain seems to hold well and, when driven, claws the sky as soon as it is airborne.”



From Modern Gamekeeping January 2012


“Michigan Bluebacks and Kansas Pheasants

In reality these are both Chinese ringneck derivatives; when the original strain was imported into the USA, birds were weighed and the smaller birds bred to smaller birds, and likewise with the bigger birds, until enough stock was available to separate them.

            The Michigan blueback took the UK shooting world by storm – they were as wild as hell and flew like rockets, but the wanderlust of Ranulph Fiennes.  The flying ability of this bird is exceptional but it certainly needs crossing to stop it from packing its bags and disappearing over the horizon.  The Michigan name has mostly fallen out of favor and the bigger birds are now branded as American pheasants.

            The Kansas strain still retains its name, and has a lot going for it. Being a smaller bird it eats a lot less, consuming about 70 per cent of the food of larger varieties.  This alone is a very useful advantage when looking at costings.  They too fly extremely well and will certainly provide testing sport for guns on flat ground. However they are not favored so well by the game dealer due to their smaller size – remember, he has a choice of supply."


If you would like to increase your return on numbers of birds released, whilst having your feed bill reduced by up to 30% then please call or email for more information and availability.  We also produce a Kansas X French Ringneck bird for those who fear that they may have trouble with their game dealer, but are looking for the benefits that the Kansas provides.


Bonson Wood Farm, Fiddington, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 1JL