from the pheasant Plan:
History and Role of Propagation
Propagation and release has played a significant role throughout the history of pheasants and pheasant hunting in PA. Pheasants have been purchased and released by the PGC, raised and released by the PGC, and raised and released by sportsmen’s organizations.
In 1915 the first large-scale stocking of game birds by the PGC occurred with the release of 2,096 purchased pheasants. In 1929, the PGC began the propagation of pheasants on an extensive scale with the establishment of game farms in western and eastern PA. The Western Game Farm, originally called the "Jordan State Game Farm," was started in Lawrence County, and later moved to its present location in Crawford County. Also, the Fisher State Game Farm, located in Montgomery County, was started; and later renamed the Eastern Game Farm.
In 1929 production at the PGC’s two game farms using range-reared methods was 30,000. They were released in the fall at about 10-12 weeks of age. In 1933, with mechanical methods of incubation, production rose to 40,000 birds. These birds were released in the summer at 6-8 weeks of age. However, the Commission found that these birds did not survive to the fall hunting season. In 1935, they began to release cocks and hens in the spring. The main thrust of the stockings was establishment of self-sustaining populations (Allen 1956). However, later research would show that game farm pheasants contributed little to wild populations (Hartman and Sheffer 1971).
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