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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Very nice

I wonder how much switchgrass is located in the other pheasant areas?
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These positive results are making the naysayers very uncomfortable,I guess that's why we hear very little from them these days!

Great article!

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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Very nice

I wonder how much switchgrass is located in the other pheasant areas?
All WPRAs are in need of additional switchgrass acres. The Hegins/Gratz WPRA is also planning on increasing switchgrass plantings.

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Nice article.

Glad to hear switchgrass is increasing in the Hegins/Gratz area.
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Increasing the amount of switch grass inside the WPRA's is a good idea,but I would like to see more of the acres enrolled in CREP outside of the WPRA's also planted in switch grass. It would only take blocks of 40-50 acres every square mile or so, and you might see some phenomenal pheasant hunting again.

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You are right Fldbred, this population is only limited by the amount of cover. It's always been about habitat and it always will be. Sure you can make it even better with some predator control on an individual area but in the end, it's habitat and switchgrass seems to be the key in PA provided it is in a primarily agricultural area.

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nice article!!

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This is great news, maybe I'll take a ride out there with a camera.
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Increasing the amount of switch grass inside the WPRA's is a good idea,but I would like to see more of the acres enrolled in CREP outside of the WPRA's also planted in switch grass. It would only take blocks of 40-50 acres every square mile or so, and you might see some phenomenal pheasant hunting again.
In another thread, it was said that a planted acre of Switchgrass cost is between $1,000-$1,500. That seems high to me, but even at half that cost, how many private landowners would be willing to absorb that cost just for a mere chance at fostering wild birds ? You mention a 40 acre block. That's $40,000 - $60,000 ? Even at half it's $20,000-$30,000. There needs to be some sort of funding out there that will absorb that cost for landowners. We just aren't that rich. And in these times of state and federal fiscal collapse, funding is short. Not sure how endless rolling fields of switchgrass can be had in that type of climate.

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