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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-12-2013, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Woody cover for pheasants

What is the best "woody" cover for pheasants out there?

I was thinking blackberry thickets.
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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

Any cover that holds up to snow and is not too thick for the birds to move through. In the west they use cattail marshes as the cattails form a roof over their heads but allow movement underneath. In Montana they use low brushey areas out of the wind. Multiflora rose thickets have proven to not be good cover here as it forms little caves with no way out the other end therefore trapping the birds inside. Edge cutting or thick wide hedgrows seem to be preferred here. This provides overhead cover and flying escape just a few feet away. Cover from the fallen trees and new growth trees and blackberry provides good cover but open enough for the birds to get out. Of course, switchgrass seems to be the best cover if it is in a larger field (10 acres +) as it provides excellent winter cover and good nesting cover.

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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

Do pheasants even use bush honeysuckles as cover?

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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

Not sure. If it provides cover from predators and they can move through it to escape, they'll use it. They use knee high scrub brush in Montana so anything that provides cover they'll use. Some are better than others and switchgrass has proven to be excellent at providing both cover and nesting.

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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

An old combine can be cover for a pheasant.
Many, if not all, of the invasive bush honeysuckles are allelopathic.

GBE was correct....decades ago.

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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

And they grow in the shade in the woods.

I have seen flowering dogwoods and multiflora rose growing in the middle of honeysuckle thickets though
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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

Yes, blackberry thickets can be a good woody stemmed late season cover for pheasants . Low growing fruit trees, black berry, hawthorn, viburnum, winterberry, swamp rose patches and rose bushes are good late season woody pheasant cover. Almost any berry producing shrub or thicket is good woody cover for pheasants especially the ones that still hold or shelter fruit or seeds in the winter

Heath Aster is great woody stemmed field cover for pheasants and other birds which holds up well to heavy snows. Birds will also feed on it's abundant number of seed pods late in the year. It's native Range includes much of Pennsylvania.

I often find multiflora rose bushes to be good late season food and cover for pheasants especially after there has been heavy snow cover. Pheasants will feed heavily on the rose seeds. Multiflora rose are endemic to the pheasant's native range in asia. I've never seen evidence of a pheasant caught in a multiflora rose bush. I doubt that is a very common occurrence .
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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

We retrieved quite a few transmitters from tunnels under MF rose bushes after the hens ended up as lunch.

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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

Lynn, I suspect It's likely that the transmitter and harness got hung up on the thorns. Normally pheasants can wiggle through very dense cover.
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Re: Woody cover for pheasants

mrosko, read all of Lynn's post, "after hens ended up as lunch".

The hen was lunch for a predator (a very high likelihood of a 4 legged critter).

When the PGC places the transmitters on the hens it is an immediate death sentence. The agency's data on how fast the majority of these unlucky birds die is unreal.

If these "unlucky hens", in the CS WPRA, did not have the collar and were able to hatch 5 or 6 chicks, per nest, think how much sooner the agency would have achieved their goal of 10 hens per sq. mile.
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