Oregon's diverse landscapes support diverse populations of both upland birds and waterfowl. Name a habitat type and chances are there is a game bird (or two) to be found there: coastal estuaries -- brant; rocky river canyons -- chukar partridge; marshes of eastern Oregon -- gadwall; forested slopes of the Cascades -- ruffed grouse; wooded streams of western Oregon -- wood duck; grasslands and agricultural fields -- ringnecked pheasant. And practically everywhere -- mallard and Canada goose.
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With both resident and migratory populations, there are ample numbers of Canada geese in Oregon. And as good table fair, they make for a great addition to any holiday spread.
Mention ducks and many people think of the mallard. Its ability to tolerate human disturbance and adapt to urban as well as rural habitats make it the Northern Hemisphere's most abundant and widespread waterfowl.
In 1882 the Willamette Valley of Oregon was the site of the first successful introduction of ring-necked pheasants in the United States. Those birds were transported by sea directly from China by Judge Owen Denny. The transplanted birds found perfect habitat and soon populations burgeoned into the tens of thousands.
Wild turkeys were first introduced into Oregon in the 1960s. Since then, populations have grown enough that hunters can enjoy both spring and fall hunting seasons with generous bag limits.