Beer-Can Pheasant

Beer-Can Pheasant
Try this simple recipe courtesy “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” author Hank Shaw, and we swear you will never skin another bird.

Beer can chicken is one of the best ways I know to roast a chicken, especially in summertime, when you can do this recipe on the grill. But, while you can jam a regular beer can into a pheasant, the birds are generally too small. But a Red Bull can will fit. Fill it halfway with beer.


  • 2 empty Red Bull cans
  • Enough beer to fill half the cans (use any beer you want)
  • 2 whole pheasants
  • 1/4 cup olive oil to coat birds
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme


  1. Take the pheasants out and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Bring the beer out, too, as you don’t want cold beer in the can.
  2. Prepare your grill for indirect heat. If you are using charcoal, put the coals on one side of the grill, leaving another side free of coals. If you are using a gas grill, fire up only half of the burners.
  3. Rub the pheasants all over with olive oil. Mix the salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl and sprinkle it over the pheasant.
  4. Fill the Red Bull can halfway with beer; it doesn’t matter what kind. Drink the rest of the beer. Put the can inside the pheasants’ cavity and place the pheasants on the cool side of the grill. The legs and the can will act like a tripod to keep the pheasant upright.
  5. Cover the grill and come back in 40 minutes. After that time, check the pheasants and add more coals if needed. Stick a thermometer into the thickest part of the pheasant’s thigh — you want it to read 160 degrees. If it’s not there, close the grill lid and come back in 15 minutes. Keep checking this way until the pheasant is done. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, poke the spot between the leg and breast with a knife and look for the juices to run clear, not pink.
  6. Carefully move the pheasants to a pan. Let them rest for 10 minutes. Carefully lift it off the can and carve up into serving pieces.

Consider brining your pheasants first, especially if it was a wild bird. Mix 1/4 cup of kosher salt with 4 cups of water and add some seasonings: I like bay leaves, rosemary and cracked black pepper. Submerge the pheasant in this brine for 4 to 8 hours, then drain and let sit in the fridge uncovered the next day — this helps you get a crispy skin. After that, you can do this like a regular beer can chicken.

This great recipe, and many others for your upland birds, can be found in small game cookbook “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” by hunter, angler, gardener, cook Hank Shaw.

The book is available through Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever at special chapter pricing. It makes for a great sponsor gift or addition to any cooking package at your next fund raising event.

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Hunter Meet and Greet

DENVER – The South Metro Chapter of Pheasants Forever #816 (SMPF) is excited to announce their first ever “Hunter Meet and Greet” on opening weekend of the 2018 Pheasant Hunting Season. SMPF will be staged at specific locations for the weekend opener to help hunters find new places to hunt on public lands and assist those who become frustrated by afternoon, give advice on new strategies and provide information on the great habitat and education outreach programs that Pheasants Forever are involved in. South Metro Pheasants Forever will have their education/outreach trailer and canopy set-up for easy visibility. Stop on by and warm up, meet folks that enjoy the outdoors like you and maybe even find a new hunting buddy. Our partner, Cabela’s in Lone Tree, has donated two $25 gift cards for door prizes. The drawing will be held on Monday, November 12 and the winner will be contacted by email.

SMPF will be at the following locations:

  • November 10 at 5–8:30 a.m. in Sterling, Colorado at the Reata Travel Shop located on US 6 (take I-76 to Exit 125, turn right 1 block).
  • November 10 at 10:00 a.m–12:30 p.m. in Haxtun, Colorado at the Haxtun Sooper’s located on US 6 and S. Colorado Ave.
  • November 11 at 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Holyoke, Colorado located at the Phillips County Event Center located on US 385 one block north of the railroad tracks

SMPF will also be at Pheasants Forever Eastern Colorado Banquets:

  • November 09 Sterling Northeastern Junior College Ballroom

  • November 10 Holyoke Phillips County Event Center

South Metro Pheasants Forever will provide PF and Colorado Parks and Wildlife brochures and also remind hunters to get their HIP numbers before entering the field.


Pheasants Forever Mission:

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.

Smoky River Pheasants Forever 4th Annual Youth Shoot

(admission includes unlimited shooting, Youth P.F. Membership & Lunch)

September 22, 2018 at 10:00am – Youth 8-18
C.W. Gun Club

.22LR / Shotgun / Archery

*Firearms and ammunition are being provided, please no personal firearms. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

For info call, text or email:
Zac Bakley – 303.947.7468
Todd Marriott – 719.340.0279

Smoky River Pheasants Forever 1st Annual Shoot & Swing

Join us at C.W. Gun Club & Smoky River Golf Course on September 15,2 018 at 9:00am.

2 Person Scramble $100/Team (includes Pheasant Forever Memberships)

25 Shots of Trap & 9 Holes of Golf

1st place team wins pair of Remington 870 Express Shotguns!
2nd & 3rd Place also win a pair of prizes.

Silent Auction with various items including P.F. Kimber Custom II 1911 .45 ACP

  • Smoked Brisket Meal & Hole prizes
  • Bring your own guns & ammo, clubs, cart & B.Y.O.B. (Please no alcohol at the gun range. Please save it for the golf course)
  • Please visit our Facebook page for complete details

To sign up call, text or email:
Zac Bakley: 303.947.7468
Chad Brown: 719.232.7604
Scott Smith: 719.342.2902

Intro to hunting from Morgan County Pheasants Forever

The volunteers in the Morgan County Pheasants Forever chapter, in partnership with Colorado Parks & Wildlife, continued their efforts to introduce people to the outdoors this past spring. The chapter helped 12 beginning hunters get the necessary license, had a training/education class with them and their adult sponsor before the season began, secured access to various private land parcels where turkeys range, and then took the novices on hunts.

The season began in April and ran through most of March and we took the novice hunters as their schedules allowed. This spring’s hunt ended up with 5 turkeys being taken, by two youth novices and three adult novices.

Morgan County Pheasants Forever is available to help people interested in hunting, either through our program, or other programs where we can steer people​. We also need additional landowners in Morgan County who would be willing to allow access to their land for specific hunts, with whatever their property has available, from dove, ducks, geese, pheasant, turkey, antelope, or deer.

Lastly, we always need more volunteers who are interested in sharing their knowledge and helping in our wildlife habitat development programs and our novice hunter programs. For more information, you may contact Tim Amen, Morgan Pheasants Forever outreach coordinator, at or 970-380-8281

Intro to hunting from Morgan County Pheasants Forever

Mathieu Turner (left) and Tim Amen (right) caught one of five turkeys during a spring hunt presented by the volunteers from the Morgan County Pheasants Forever chapter. (Courtesy Photo)

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Pheasants Forever Takes Next Generation Under its Wing

Erie Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
Erie Lifestyles
Fall/Winter 2017

By Doug Pike

Pheasant season in Colorado starts on November 18. That means Stan Barthlama and the Northern Colorado Chapter of Pheasants Forever only have a couple of months remaining to get the next generation of sportsmen ready for the annual harvest.

Barthlama, outreach coordinator for the NoCo chapter, said a love of kids have kept him involved in Pheasants Forever’s youth programs for the past 14 years.

Pheasants Forever Takes Next Generation Under its Wing

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Pikes Peak Pheasants Forever 2018 FUNdraiser Banquet

29th Annual FUNdriaser Banquet

You Do NOT Want to miss this One !!

Come Join Us in a Great Night out on the town, This is Pikes Peak Annual FUNdraiser Banquet. If your passion is to get Youth outdoors and protect Habitat in Colorado. Then don’t miss this exciting night of Raffles, Games and Live Auction !! Not to mention great fellowship with Friends.

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South Metro Chapter of Pheasants Forever Banquet

South Metro Chapter of Pheasants Forever (#816)
Fundraising Banquet
March 10th, 2018
Denver Marriott South, 10345 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Our Focus: Involving youth in the great outdoors, and habitat conservation projects

What we’re asking: Donations, Sponsorships, and Underwriting

The South Metro Chapter of Pheasants Forever (SMPF), one of more than 700 chapters nationally, needs your help with our annual fundraising banquet. We represent the hunter conservationist who wants to make a difference through habitat conservation, wetland restoration, the acquisition of critical wildlife lands for public access, and the preservation of our hunting and conservation heritage. We are currently seeking cash and merchandise donations that will help to raise money for youth outreach activities, and habitat conservation projects; our two areas of focus. Further, virtually 100 percent of the funds raised by our chapter, exclusive of national membership fees, remain with the chapter, whom decides how to utilize the funds raised. The bottom line, the donations and sponsorships you provide are utilized in the community you belong to. Below are highlights of the great things we’ve been able to do with funds raised.

South Metro PF Chapter Highlights:

  • In 2017, we contributed $5,000 toward or Farm Bill Biologist program. We have contributed tens of thousands of dollars for the three partner biologists that work to enhance habitat on the Eastern plains. We will continue to contribute this funding as they continue to impact thousands of acres per month.
  • In 2016, we contributed $5,000 towards Corners for Conservation, a new partnership program with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The goal of this program is to provide the best habitat for pheasants and other wildlife in Eastern Colorado AND open this ground to public hunting through the Walk-in-Access program. In its first two years, almost 2,000 acres over 180 corners were enrolled in the program.
  • In 2016, we contributed $5,500 for a Truax no-till drill that is to be used for habitat improvement projects in Eastern CO. This is our second no-till drill now on the ground in Colorado.
  • At the state level, over $13.3 million has been raised in Colorado. In 2016 alone, habitat and youth expenditures totaled $608,335 and $139,977 respectively.
  • Locally, we help fund and operate a youth outdoor activities trailers, loaded with outdoor equipment, which are available for use by groups conducting outdoor workshops and events such as the Colorado Parks & Wildlife, other PF chapters and Boy Scout troops to name a few.
  • We sponsor and co-sponsor numerous youth, ladies, and novice outdoor activities each year. Activities include trap shooting, .22 shooting, archery, and novice pheasant hunts.
  • Each year additional proceeds are donated to various other habitat projects, outreach activities, the national PF Legislative Action Fund, and our national No Child Left Indoors Fund.
  • All sponsor and donors are recognized at our banquet and on our website at

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    David King, Chapter President

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2018 Banquet Schedule

February 17
Pikes Peak PF/QF (Colo. Springs)
Dale 303-929-9971

February 24
Greeley PF (Greeley, CO)
John 970-590-3671

March 3
Northern CO (Loveland, CO)
Chad 303-709-4450

March 3
CO High Plains (Bennett, CO)
Bill 303-358-6227

March 10
South Metro PF (Littleton, CO)
Bob 303-743-8957

March 24
Frenchman Creek PF (Haxtun, CO)
Rick 970-520-3443

Things to be Excited About When 2017 Season Opens

Colorado pheasant and quail hunters have plenty to be excited about when the 2017 season opens Nov. 11. This video provides a statewide forecast for upland hunters for pheasant and quail.