Pheasants Of The Mind - Book Review

Pheasants of the Mind by Datus Proper


Maybe it was because the book was released the year I finished high-school, when I was enamored with pheasants as much as girls. Perhaps the fact that the Proper lived in Montana, gave the book added reverence. But, mostly the book remains one of the favori te collections on pheasant hunting simply because it was very well written and real. 

With wit and wisdom, the late Proper gave the ringneck its due. He has saved the "How To Hunt Pheasants" regurgitation for the hook and bullet magazines.  Proper outlined the nuances of chasing pheasants that are wild and wary.  Shooting one's limit is minor; the dog work, guns and friends one shares the field with are most important.  While there are many books written on ruffed grouse that may be crowned as classics, this is one of the few focusing on the imported pheasant.