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Pa.'s released birds are beautiful quality birds. They are very healthy and tough. I noticed the cockbirds seem to be about 10% to 15% smaller than the ones the State of Ohio releases.

In 1998 it cost the Pa. Game Commission $14.09 per bird to raise, ship and release almost 200,000 birds.

I also read somewhere that the improvements and upgrades at the pheasant farms since then reduced costs per bird.

Late season survivability numbers quoted below do not mention habitat conditions where birds were released. I know from personal experience that if some fair amount of standing grain crops are left standing along edges of fields with good cover like hedge rows, cattails, resilient weedy or brushy briars, evergreens and other good cover more birds survive later into the season.

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Harvest and reporting rates of game-farm ring-necked pheasants.
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Diefenbach, D. R.; Riegner, C. F.; Hardisky, T. S.
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Wildlife Society Bulletin 2000 Vol. 28 No. 4 pp. 1050-1059


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Many state natural resource agencies release ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) for hunting, but the effectiveness of these programs has never been evaluated on a statewide basis. We conducted a reward-band study to estimate harvest, reporting, and survival rates of pheasants raised and released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) for the fall 1998 hunting season. We banded 6,770 of 199,613 released pheasants with leg bands worth $0-$400. Rewards >$75 produced 100% reporting rates. Hunters reported 71.0% of harvested pheasants banded with standard bands (no reward). Cocks had an estimated 62.3% harvest rate when released on public land and a 46.8% harvest rate on private land. Hens had an estimated 50.4% harvest rate when released on public land and a 31.1% harvest rate on private land. Estimated harvest rate for hen pheasants released in September in the either-sex zone was 15.5%. In the late season, pheasants released on public land had a 33.6% harvest rate and a 23.5% harvest rate on private land. We found that few pheasants (<6%) survived >30 days and birds released on public land had reduced survival rates primarily because of greater harvest rates. In fiscal year 1998-99, the net cost to raise and release 199,613 pheasants was $2,813,138 ($14.09 per bird). The average cost per harvested pheasant was $29.10, but ranged from $22.63 to $90.74 depending on the date and location of release. We estimated that 49.9% (82,017 birds) of pheasants stocked immediately prior to and during the regular and late seasons (excluding September releases of hens) were harvested by hunters. Percentage of pheasants harvested by hunters could be increased by expanding the either-sex zone in Pennsylvania so that more hens could be legally killed by hunters and by allocating releases to seasons and locations with greater harvest rates. However, before such changes are implemented, we recommend a survey of Pennsylvania pheasant hunters to ascertain their opinions and desires regarding releases of game-farm pheasants.
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Re: Pheasant Costs

Actually, the guy who is charge of raising pheasants for the PGC, stated at the last PGC meeting, that the cost per bird is now about $26. I'm assuming that includes getting them in the field.

So, if about 1/2 get harvested, thats about $50 per bird, in the hunters game bag.



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Re: Pheasant Costs

After the increase back to 200,000 the costs per bird will come down.

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Re: Pheasant Costs

If you read that report the $29 amount is an estimate based on calculating the cost averaging in the number of birds released but not bagged. If you just count on a per bird basis to raise and release the cost was $14.09.

The study said nothing about the quality of habitat birds were released into. I expect that releasing birds into areas with better food and cover would increase survivability and bring down that $29 number a bit.
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Re: Pheasant Costs

So why is it private sellers of birds can sell them cheaper?
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Re: Pheasant Costs

Labor costs and fuel prices are lower with the birds picked up and not stocked.
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Re: Pheasant Costs

What will be the actual cost for going back to 200,000? What will the increase in cost be from it's present cost?

I get a little skeptical when I hear the cost per bird will go down but no mention of the overall dollar figures....

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Economies of scale. PGC saved little when it went from 200,000 down to 100,000.



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yes I understand that if I buy 200,000 cases of peanut butter the cost per jar will go down... what a deal!!

How much will the 200,000 birds cost the PGC..not per bird but total package?

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Re: Pheasant Costs

This may seem like a dumb question, but....... If the cost of labor and fuel prices were deducted from the overall cost, would the private sellers still be cheaper? If the answer is "yes" then why not buy them from private sellers and enlist the aid of sportsmans clubs to help with the stocking?
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