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It is necessary to introduce new roosters to our breeding stock each year to ensure good bloodlines and active birds. When I was still working for Canada Customs I traveled frequently both in Canada and the United States conducting valuation audits on importers and also vendors to ensure compliance.

A good friend, client and hunter on one occasion was selected to accompany me on a short trip to Edmonton which just happened to be very near a pheasant producer whom I had contacted earlier that year to ensure he would save me some pure Chinese ring neck roosters for introduction to my breeding stock.

This friend was knowledgeable about birds having hunted all his life so suggested no problems if I wanted to bring them back at the end of the trip on Friday. I went ahead and alerted the breeder that I would arrive at his establishment late Friday to pick up 20 prime roosters and would supply my own crates for transportation.

Checking back with my colleague the week prior to the trip I confirmed he had in fact rented a  4 wheel drive truck since weather conditions could affect our ability to not only get to Edmonton and back but also traveling around while there. It wasn't until the following Monday when he picked me up at the farm that I realized there could be other problems. He backed into the area where I stored my crates I discovered he had rented a Ford Bronco where the cargo area is actually the rear part of the passenger area.

Normally this wouldn't be much of a problem traveling with suitcases and briefcases with documents but 20 pheasants in a small area for a 3 hour drive home from East of Edmonton? It probably didn't help matters any that the crew of us were out drinking beer the night before  at a local establishment until the wee early morning hours either. The fact that Rod has a very sensitive stomach was also a very big factor in what happened that Friday.

The birds were caught and crated and placed in the rental vehicle and we proceeded down what turned out to be a very long highway. The smell was instant and rolling down the windows in the cool December air didn't really seem appropriate but we had little choice. 4 Customs officers  cruising down a main highway in a rental vehicle full of pheasants in freezing temperatures with the windows down. It got really interesting when Rod's stomach started to turn and several unplanned emergency stops were quickly arranged so he could obtain "fresh air". Seems he felt every time we hit a bump in the road all 20 of the birds crapped simultaneously. Long trip took nearly 5 hours instead of 3 but we still lovingly refer to Rod as "Rooster". Funny thing he hasn't been out to shoot pheasants since that incident but he now laughs about it. 

 

Rob

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