It's that time off year again everyone is busy looking forward to next season already and catching laying stock, i usually get offered Cock Pheasants to release on my wee syndicate shoot from other shoots. Up till now i have thought about it but always declined them as i know some old school keepers go to great lengths to keep old cock birds away from there poults and pens at releasing time.
But i was at a shoot walk/open day with the Game conservancy a few years ago and in their studies with trackers they have found cock's to wander less than hens and generally are more terittorial, so tend to hang about more
Have many people released caught up Cock's at this time off year and wot are ur experiences with them. Are they a nightmare that will drag all ur poults awaycome the summer or do they hold fairly well but any that do wander get noticed easily whereas u don't notice the 4/5 hen's with the wandering cock.
I thinking off getting a couple off crates more for dog training throu the spring and we have shot the pheasants fairly hard this season and doesnae seem to be an awful lot left on the ground althou they generally reappear in numbers around the 2nd or 3 rd of Feb
I probably should say we don't really get a lot of wild broods (unfortunately) so having excess cocks shouldn't really effect that