The Chinese Ringneck pheasant, like many Americans, is an immigrant to North America. The first successful introduction of pheasants to this country occurred in 1881 when Judge Owen Denny shipped 30 Chinese ringnecks to his home in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Eleven years later, Oregon opened a 75-day season and hunters bagged 50,000 birds.
Our question is, when and who introduced the pheasant into Utah?
And our question tonight is, early records indicate that the first pheasants were brought into Utah around 1890 and released near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Peter Kesko Olsen is credited with introducing the Ring- Neck Pheasant from Oregon to Utah. Subsequent introductions, natural dispersal and an intensive game farm program resulted in the establishment of pheasants across the state by the 1940s.