Pheasants and other game birds were introduced to New Zealand for hunting. Since the first pheasant release in 1853, other subspecies have been released and have interbred. Most now resemble the ring-necked subspecies from China. Although they breed in the wild, numbers are boosted by captive-bred pheasants. These two hunters are displaying their day’s bag, in 1912.
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