The world’s largest

Don’t let the picture fool you. You are looking at the largest pheasant in the world. This guy (or girl?) is 40 feet high and 40 feet long. I attended a dedication of the pheasant with some co-workers. It was a quirky event, extremely short, which was fine with me because it left us with plenty of time to get ice cream afterwards. The bird requires a surprisingly large amount of money to maintain. The town of Huron, South Dakota, however, uses the big bird as a marketing tool. This is a very popular area for pheasant hunting.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

12 thoughts on “The world’s largest”

    1. Hey Buffy,

      Tall? Are you talking to me or to the pheasant? I’m quite short in comparison to the pheasant. Compared to others of my species, though, I’m a bit on the tall side. 6’1″ or maybe 6’2″, depending on the day and the shoes I’m wearing.

      I’m working part-time at a locally owned shoe store. I do a little of everything there. I sell shoes, do a bit of accounting and bookkeeping type tasks, and help with some marketing and ideas for promotion. Potter’s is the name of the store. They care about product and customers. It’s a lot of fun and I’m really enjoying it.


      1. I was indeed talking to you — I’m feeling more shortness a lot these days. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’m so glad you are liking your work. I need new shoes desperately, especially w/ both walking and being on my feet lots at work.


    1. Nicole,

      I dunno. This pheasant, well, he’s a pretty big deal. (He’s also a bit sensitive to people not recognizing how much of a big deal he really is. I was chatting with the pheasant and he mentioned that you hadn’t been out to see him. It was a long moment of awkward silence.)


  1. I’ve never seen the pheasant. If he/she has a problem with that then he/she can get off his/her perch and do something about in Sept.


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