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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Stocked Pheasants N.W. areas

I have noticed that in my opinion the birds don't seem to be as hardy as in years past.
I've seen way more pheasant feather piles depicting predation than I used to.
The birds seem to be smaller, especially the hens.
I don't see as many thriving later into the season as I used to.

I am wondering if these are raised in the same manner as years past.
I am wondering if some of them are raised indoors with barren floors and less able to adapt to field conditions.

What do you think?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 01:41 PM
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Less hunters, same numbers stocked. Id say more birds around for predators.
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Could be injured birds not being able to get away from predator.
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They are raised in hosts homes throughout the PA area. Some are raised on concrete, some on rugs and some on hardwood floors. I feel the rug raised birds fly the best, with the hardwood floor birds being the largest.

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I agree that the birds we got this year were a bit smaller than in past years. I guess that should probably be expected though since they are raising more birds on each of the two remaining pheasant farms.

Iíve hunted pheasants just about every day since deer season ended and pheasants were back in season. There has been snow on the ground every day and the dog and I have covered a good bit of ground. I have found a few pheasants pretty much every time out and havenít seen any evidence of any predator kills all week with snow to tell the story. I have seen coyote, fox and bobcat tracks in all of the areas I have hunted but I have not seen where anything besides me has killed a pheasant. Though I am sure the predators are getting some pheasants it sure doesnít seem to be all that much of a problem yet this winter.

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I was in mercer and butler co this last weekend. Only found birds on one spot and flushed and missed one hen. Saw another 3 sets of tracks going from field to private property. Didn't check the normal spots I find birds late in the season due to time
One thing I noticed is the hens are horrible this year. I got my limit the one day before thanksgiving and had 3 on the field and with my gun unloaded tried to flush them and wouldn't. I probably could have caught them by hand. Sure with instincts like that there aren't many around in the areas with poor habitat.
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I thought I read somewhere that with the closing of some PA. Game Commission pheasant farms that some of the stocked birds will be purchased from private commercial pheasant farms. Does anyone know if this is true? It could make a difference. I thought the Game commission had a good handle on raising birds in large outdoor facilities with vegetation in them that made it so that the released birds were better able to acclimate to the wild.
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I have found the pheasants to be an excellent quarry. Almost like those of the 60's and 70's.
Very wary and strong fliers. At least in the SE.
Was out last Wed. in that strong wind and put up 6 nice cockbirds in 2 hours.
The birds are a smaller, tougher "blueback" strain of pheasants.
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I thought I read somewhere that with the closing of some PA. Game Commission pheasant farms that some of the stocked birds will be purchased from private commercial pheasant farms. Does anyone know if this is true? It could make a difference. I thought the Game commission had a good handle on raising birds in large outdoor facilities with vegetation in them that made it so that the released birds were better able to acclimate to the wild.
All the chicks were purchased from an outside breeder., but were raised by the PGC on the 2 remaining game farms with the same methods as they have used in the past. Buying chicks from the private breeder saved the PGC quite a bit of money.
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