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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-20-2014, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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One Less Wild Rooster

Driving in the WPRA today and I saw these tail feathers sticking out of the snow about 20 yards from the road.



Here he is dug out of his snowy grave-next picture is his killer!




Death by wire.


This is the food plot on the other side of road


This incident reminded me of a story early on in the wild pheasant project. We had released some birds with radio collars and one of the birds was found dead the day after release. The hen pheasant laid dead under one strand of barbed wire just over the hill from the release site. This poor bird came all the way from South Dakota and was killed on her first flight out of the box.

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Re: One Less Wild Rooster

That's a bummer. I feel for the little guy. It always stinks to see wild birds parish, such a delicate resources.

You could have made him not die in vain and stole me the tail feathers. His tail looks 10 times better than the birds that get stocked from the state.

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Too bad. But at least there are more roosters to do their work this spring.
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Re: One Less Wild Rooster

I expected the "next picture" to be a coyote or fox or hawk or something. Funny.

Actually I'm surprised something didn't make a dinner out of him after the execution....

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Re: One Less Wild Rooster

Keen eye. Reminded me of something sent to me in early Jan....

Here's few shots of a couple birds out west from a group of 12 or so that got caught out in the -50 to -60 degree cold snaps, photographer and friend stretched necks and limited, the rest didn't make it either...







There's some concern in ME about snow roosted grouse during a snowfall back in December that quickly crusted over. Tough year all around with the extreme cold over extended periods of time.

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Re: One Less Wild Rooster

Here is the crop taken from the rooster. As I suspected, most of the crop had sorghum in it. Notice the very small seed in the middle. It is switchgrass seed. I have always wondered how much pheasants might utilize this seed for food if at all. Nice to know they will eat it and it continues to fall through the winter. An acre of switchgrass will produce from 150 to 200 lbs of seed. Not bad in a pinch.

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I watched PGC release pheasant once and a hen flew out of the box straight into a tree. It was dead within 15 seconds of release
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Re: One Less Wild Rooster

Lynn- I wondered if the switchgrass offered any type of food source. The local released pheasants do well over the winter but I wasn't sure what they were eating. The ice and snow really knocked down the small food plot that is in the area.
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