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 Here a a wired question! Has anyone ever shot a peacock? While out scouting a spot in the D14 zone for deer this season I found a large group of peacocks! At first I though they were turkey but then though there aren't turkey here! Then I got a good look at one through my binos and sure enough they were peacocks. 6 hens & 2 males & 2 unidentifiable birds. I stalked up within bow range & watched them for a whole till one saw me & they all took off. So I guess my question is can we shoot them & has anyone tryed one? I sent an Email to F&G about my sighting & answer yet.

Then yesterday I was out scouting for deer in the same area & saw them again only this time there were about 20-25 birds in this one clearing. Could not get close enough to count but there were some BIG males that are just starting to grow their tail feathers, & from the few I saw up close it looked like they had some big spurs on him. Would love to find out if I could take one with a bow & I think he would look badass on my wall like a turkey mount

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This has been asked of DFG before. Peacocks are considered domestic animals and not a game species in California. If you believe they are feral in your area, you need to check with local law enforcement and/or animal control to see if they belong to a nearby property owner and whether they have any other concerns. Peacocks or peahens are considered personal property and are not regulated by Department of Fish and Game (DFG). However, safety laws, such as discharging a firearm within 150 yards of any occupied dwelling without the consent of the owner, would still apply for authorized take (Fish and Game Code, section 3004(a)).

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 So who do I contact when I'm finding these birds 3-5 miles back in the national forest! The nearest land owner is at least 2 miles if not more from me. Do I contact animal control F&G 

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 I would go to the nearest FS station.

I wonder how they taste?

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 Ya I'm cerious how they taste too. I'm gonna contact the the FS & get back to yall 

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I've eaten them in Hawaii once or twice, my cousin raised them like you'd raise chickens. It's been a few years but from what I remember it was alot like turkey, the white meat, kinda dry and a little stronger. Not bad though, I'd eat it again.

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 I think Hunt4lyf would eat anything.....just saying....

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 Haha too funny, I'll try anything once & some things twice lol

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True. Put it on a plate, burn it over a campfire, cooked, raw, barking, I'll try anything once. But one thing I've never tried is beached whale although if I remember the story right Eric might be able to enlighten us on that one. Ohhhhh the stories I could tell...

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 Wait! Beached whale.... I have to hear this story

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What story? Wasn't me, I don't know anything about it.  

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 LOL....

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 I think it was the movie 7 days and 7 nights with Harrison Ford, he had to make an emergency landing on an island. He kills a peacock cooks it over an open fire and seasons it with the juice from a jar of cherries. They said it was good. Hope that helps.