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Wild Birds in Franklin WPRA

Today about 60 birds from Montana, including four roosters from the Central Susquehanna WPRA, were released in the Franklin WPRA. A few roosters from Central Susquehanna were added because mostly hens were trapped in Montana. Trapping was also tougher this year. Some more will be brought for Hegins/Gratz but not many. Due to the late start in Montana, there was not a lot of time for prebaiting and birds were fewer too. Here is a link with the story.

http://blog.pennlive.com/pa-sportsman/20...udes_video.html


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Thanks for the link! I hope they do well.
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Thanks for the info! Will the collars hang up on thorn bushes and slow them down for predators??
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Good question. Not something I would have done. I'll just leave it at that.

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Re: Wild Birds in Franklin WPRA

The radio collars are a certain death sentence for those hens.

Hopefully, the PGC will publish, in a timely manner, the data on how long the radio collared hens live. It may astonish those interested in the restoration project how quickly the radio collared hens die without getting the opportunity to nest.

I recall in the CS WPRA, the % of hens that survived 4 months, after release, was very poor. Only a very few hens wearing collars lived to nest.

Five point four (5.4) chicks was the last data, from the CS WPRA, I had seen on the number of chicks in a clutch with the hen. So, for every radio collared hen, the agency is eliminating the potential of 5.4 chicks.

If 1 male pheasant can breed 6 hens, it seems that trying to keep as many egg producing hens, in the flock, will increase the pheasant numbers much quicker than eliminating these very valuable egg producers.

The more chicks equal more pheasants at the flushing survey and crowing count. Better pheasant numbers will allow the Franklin WPRA to achieve it goal.

Eliminating radio collaring hens would allow more hens available to nest.
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Lynn, do you know how many hens received radio collars? Was it the whole lot?

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right in my back yard !!!

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Re: Wild Birds in Franklin WPRA

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Good question. Not something I would have done. I'll just leave it at that.
Sometimes it's REAL hard leaving things "at that".

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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Lynn, do you know how many hens received radio collars? Was it the whole lot?
55 of the 60 I believe was the number.

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Re: Wild Birds in Franklin WPRA

Do you know what kind of habitat they are being released into?
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