Page 134. " The law says they are wild birds so only belong to you when they're on your own land "

Creative Commons AttributionPheasant - Credit: Andy Roberts
In the UK, pheasants are a wild bird and under UK law can be shot or killed if they wander on to your land. However this should only be done in the "Open Season", which for pheasants is 1st October to 1st February. A game licence was required in Dahl's time (abolished 2007).