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2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz



Flushing area -- Group 1, Dauphin County

Group 1 put up 22 hens and 12 roosters within a small geographic area. Looks promising! Nothing like a wild pheasant flushing.
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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

Amen to that!! I heard about your groups success..that's awesome! Birds were being put up on farms that were several miles from last years release sites! Looks very promising!
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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

It was an outstanding turnout on a very cold afternoon. If anyone was wondering about the interest and popularity of the Pheasant Management Plan and the restoration of WILD pheasants in particular, all they needed to do was drive by Wenger Feed Inc. around 1:00 Sunday afternoon, the place was jammed with " volunteers"! Even more exciting to me was who was in attendance. There were young boys and girls, and I think every age group was represented. It's been a long time since I've seen a volunteer turn out like this.

The farm that we worked hadn't received any birds last year, so any birds flushed would have had to travel a few miles. We managed to flush 7 WILD pheasants, 3 roosters and 4 hens. That's an almost perfect ratio for a area that hasn't been hunted. I am sure if we had spent more time there we could have flushed more birds, I was very impressed!

HPA was well represented,and I enjoyed meeting some more of you!

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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

I know the flushing survey is to get an idea of the ratio between roosters/hens but does anybody know of the total number of birds flushed for the day? Just curious how many birds were put up.
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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

I haven't heard about the total yet,but out of the nine groups only one group didn't flush any birds and many of the areas surveyed hadn't received any birds last year.

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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It was great to see WILD pheasants. I haven't seen any wild pheasants since I was a child. It's good see the amount of good cover and that the birds are really making it. I'll be going again on the 12th of february.
It was good meeting you FLDBRED. You have one good looking springer.

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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

Springspan,

It was a pleasure meeting you,your wife and those two fine Springers.That pup looks like he is turning into a fine bird dog!
Think about two of those roosters that we flushed and what it would have taken to put them in the game bag! Certainly our picket's charge style would never have gotten it done.Only a completely different aproach with a very seasoned gun dog would have given us some chance. You gotta love wild pheasants.

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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

You are absolutely right. You have to hunt wild pheasants the same as grouse or big game. Sneak thru the cover and let the dog work close. Rabbits on the other hand sit tight until your dog almost catches it.

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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

My buddy was there with his tri- colored setter. He was unable to get a solid point all day. He said it was a lot different than hunting planted quail or grouse! I am planning to go to the next one with some labs, it sounds like a lot of fun.
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Re: 2012 Pheasant flushing survey ---- Hegins/Gratz

Dumb question:

How do you know you are flushing wild birds?
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