There's been a drought here in California, but it happened to rain the day we went out for the hunt. I learned that rain is good because the birds' musty scent will be more pronounced, which helps the dog locate and flush the birds out of hiding.
The morning started off slow, and we barely saw any action. With Super Bowl coming up, I really wanted to bag some birds and make some kind of pheasant treat for the party.
Since pheasant meat is so lean, it can dry out quickly. Brining and wrapping the chunks in bacon helps keep the moisture in. After cubing, wrapping, and toothpicking the pheasant chunks, I cracked some fresh pepper and then sprinkled a bunch of dark brown sugar on each piece. Fifteen minutes at 350 degrees in the oven is all these needed. Not only was my first pheasant hunt a success, but so was the food at the Super Bowl party!