The native range of the ring-necked pheasant is central Asia to China. The Greeks wrote about the bird in the tenth century B.C. For centuries people have relocated the bird around the world. The first attempt in North America was in 1733, but it was not until 1881 that the first permanent colony of these pheasants was established in Oregon. The ring-necked pheasant is one of the country's most sought-after game birds. Between 1928 and 1931, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission released about 5,000 of them on the mainland, and hunting clubs on the Outer Banks released another 175 between 1931 and 1935. Wilson discusses the history of the pheasant in North Carolina.