March ~ 2014: It's Pheasant Hunting Season at
The Ringneck Ranch LLC
We Love to Hunt
We're all about showing you a incredibly great time hunting for beautiful, cunning and great tasting Ringneck Pheasant in southern Michigan!
Holy Smokes! What a winter we've had! Not only locally, but statewide and in many instances throughout the midwest, along with the southern and eastern states. The prolonged sub-zero wind chills, with snow, snow and more snow has had many hearty outdoors sportsman learning how to whittle, knit or look for other reasons to hunker down where it's warm. Yes, it's been a bitter and tough winter for we humans, but it's been a desperate fight for survival for the wild things. Rabbits eating bark, wild turkeys scratching around on the sides of the roads and deer trying to dig down to bare ground looking for a bit of a meal. I'm just hoping we're going to see it start to wind down and that we'll be getting some warmer temperatures. It's just what we need to get us off of the couch
The time change went into effect Sunday, March 9, 2014 so shooters take note: you've got an extra hour before the sun drops in the late afternoons to get some pheasant hunting in before Sunday, April 27 which will mark our last day of having hunters on the ranch for the 2013~2014 State of Michigan Preserve season. Get in touch with us to set it up by submitting an info. request form here on this website; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 517/524-8294. When it's over it's over, and we'll be off doing what needs to be done to prep up for the 2014~2015 season. The snow pack (sounds like we're in the land of ice and snow!) is getting less each day. I can see the level of the Kalamazoo River creeping and inching up the banks at the west edge of the farm.
March 15, 2014 we had the second of the St. Pats Massacre European Tower Hunts take place here at the ranch. These shooters originally hunted with the St. Pats Massare of March 8 group and split off to accomdate other friends and members of their own families; including spouses, children and grandchildren. The youngest hunters had plenty of chances to down birds thrown out of the tower, shoot at clays, have a prize drawing and do their own after lunch walk-up hunt under the supervision of adult family members. Those kids were so proud of the rooster pheasants they dropped the adults couldn't get them to give them up long enough to be processed. Kudo's to these families for making this such a fun day for their kids to enjoy some great hunting. I know these memories will be long lasting for all of them. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of your day!
On Saturday March 9, 2014 we had one of our very favorite groups out for their annual (as in this was the 15th) St. Patricks Day Massacre. The folks in this bunch were the original test group that got us started doing Big Daddys European Tower Shoots. Each year these shooters have given us some great memories. All of us have stuck with one another and created a colorful history together that includes alot of great story telling when we get together. One bright March Saturday Kaiser, the GSHP crossed the river for a retrieve and decided to wai there until his owner/handler had to forge the river in his underwear and haul the Kaiser back; that's a great memory. We were honored to have been asked to have Kaiser join our own beloved dogs under the oak tree when his time came. Then there was the family van mired in the mud just off of the lane. By the time it was hauled up to the grainary with a thick covering of good old field mud it would have made any mud-bogging off-roader burst with pride. And there have been the very original t-shirts that continue to make us just out and out laugh. A few times we couldn't just keep it here on the ranch either. Oh no, we had to have a continuation at a couple of the Lenawee County Pheasants Forever Banquets. Really good times with great people, there's no doubt.
On Saturday, February 1, 2014 a group of 34 shooters with ties to the Jackson, Michigan area slammed a whopping 65.3% during the morning tower hunt portion of the day in spite of high winds, nasty windchills and wet, blowing snow. They came in for lunch with alot of their clothing wet and partially frozen, ate and headed back out to find those sneaky pheasants that were missed in the morning. They owned the place that day!
Sunday, February 2, 2014 our friends from the downriver and Monroe area spent the day with us. These are great and dedicated shooters, many who drove over an hour to spend Superbowl Sunday with old and new friends to celebrate their annual European Shoot before heading back to spend the evening watching the Superbowl. This is a group that rocks The Ringneck Ranch LLC every Superbowl Sunday! A harvest of 58.6% during the morning hunt turned into a near total success by the time they were packing it up to leave that afternoon.
Hunting and fishing in Michigan are traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation with a rich history. If you grew up in a family that hunts or fishes you probably mark the passing of the seasons by what you can hunt or what fish are biting and where they are. Once Labor Day approaches we can feel it; it's deep in the subconscious of every outdoors person, the re-set button's hit and it's all set in motion once again. We're all thinking the same thing: it's time to break out the camo, check your hunting gear and guns and make it your mission to get prepped out for the absolute best time of the year: HUNTIN' SEASON! Makes you a little crazy, doesn't it? Yep, it sure does, and we're with you. If you're a basketball, football or hockey fan in addition to getting out there and hunting there's hardly enough time to work. When you walk into the "Shot-Lodge" you're going to have every opportunity to talk up your choice of hunting topics. Ron is a avid Michigan hunter and participates in many of Michigans hunting seasons.
As always, The Ringneck Ranch LLC welcomes all the terrific hunters that come here to hunt pheasant. Pheasant hunters look forward to their Ringneck Ranch hunts with co-workers, family and friends; all of them great outdoorsmen and women who are working to keep Michigan's hunting heritage alive and well.
We've hosted some spectacular hunts at the Ranch over the years. Countless shooters come out to bust those cagey ringnecks with great success . It doesn't matter whether hunters come out to spend a few hours field hunting, or if they come out to obliterate massive numbers of those crazy pheasants as they come burning out of the tower during one of "Big Daddy Ron's European Hunts", it's always another great day of pheasant hunting at The Ringneck Ranch LLC. We can't even begin to tell you how much we enjoy having all of you out, and how much we appreciate the time you spend with us.
Whether your hunt party consists of you, or you and 30 of your closest hunting buddies, we're going to bend over backwards to make your time hunting with us unforgettable. When you get here we'll meet in the "Shot-Lodge". Bring your gear in, grab some fresh coffee and get registered. While you're busy gearing up to head out into the field Ron's going to be a step ahead of you planting your birds per your directions.
Don't think you'll have some oh-so-easy hunting, or that those birds are going to pop right up so you can take a pot-shot. Not these ringnecks. These birds are raised in extra large flight pens with heavy cover with minimal exposure to humans and dogs. Our ringnecks are strong flyers, and as wary and wily as any pheasant you'll hunt in Idaho, Iowa, Kansas or the Dakota's. You're going to have some high-times shooting.
You're always welcome to plug in your crock-pots; use the range, the fridge and just about anything else you need. Give us a heads-up if you want to do a little grilling. We'll have the grill ready and waiting. If you want to skip hauling food with you we'll be glad to pull a lunch together for your group with advance notice. Give us a call (517/524-8294), or send an e-mail: email@example.com so we can show you the The Ringneck Ranch LLC has it happening when it comes to hunting pheasants.
Big Daddy Ron's European Style Hunt
Ten Pheasants, Bird Cleaning & Our N.Y. Strip Steak Lunch
If you 're looking for shooting that's a little more intense and action packed but hate to give up the opportunity of a traditional field hunt you need to take part in one of "Big Daddy Ron's European Hunts" That's right, this is it! You're going to have to get up early to get here in time for coffee and fresh baked that morning donuts in the Shot-Lodge. Once that caffine and sugar shake you awake there will be a few minutes to catch up with old and new friends: get your gear; guns and shells together before a short safety meeting. Then it's out to the tower field and a quick walk to one of fifteen shooting stations and some incredible shooting action. The thrower's are going to pitch ten wiley pheasants per shooter; released in rounds of ten birds each from the tower for up to 30 shooters with shooters moving to the next station after each round. While you're out in the firestorm things are happening at the Shot-Lodge as we pull together a spectacular luncheon for your group of shooters. We'll be servng juicy and tender, thick-cut New York Strip Steaks, grilled and served with salad, baked potato, rolls, beverage and seasonal desserts. You're going to eat too much; but don't worry, you'll be burning that and more off in the afternoon. There won't be any stretching out for a little afternoon snooze because after lunch it's back out to the fields for a walk-up hunt to kick up those birds that made it through the circle of fire that morning. The best of the best: a full day of running and gunning the entire Ringneck Ranch for participants of Big Daddy Ron's European Hunt. When the days over you get loaded down with your own fresh, plucked clean and bagged pheasants. We've included everything except your hunting clothes, shoes, gun and ammo. All you have to do is show up and shoot! You're going to have some hunting fun. When you contact us remember to ask about the bonus for the person that pulls it all together and makes a European Tower Hunt happen.
Having a superior hunt always comes back to the same three elements. You need healthy; hard flying game birds, great field cover for those birds to hunker down in while they wait for you and that great flushing or pointing dog to roust them out and bust them into flight. Did I mention the excitement of bringing your gun up to your shoulder; aiming, firing and watching that cockbird careen to the ground? And then there's the pure beauty of watching that incredible pointing or flushing dog make a perfect retrieve and drop it right into your hand, all proud of himself and the great job he just did for you.The three magic elements of a great hunt: a dog that lives for the hunt; healthy, hard flying gamebirds and exceptional cover.
Anyone that hunts at The Ringneck Ranch LLC will tell you that we have those three magic elements all available to you in one place all at the same time. Birds here are treated to a special diet for maximum performance and conditioning and are housed in areas with plenty of room for them to hone their flight skills.
We work hard to provide you not only with great service: the best birds; and a top notch facility, but also with superior cover in comparison to many other preserves. The cover here is excellent in the early fall, but sorghum seems to come into it's own after it's been hit by a few heavy frosts, two or three wet snowfalls and a little freezing rain. One tip to remember is to always look beyond what's right in front of and around you. Remember to work those fence rows, wooded lanes, plots of corn and hit the brushy areas that are included in your designated hunting area. Chances are whether you're hunting with your own dog, or one of ours you're going to find an extra bird or two hiding out in some of the most unlikely places.