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Numbers for this year are close to the last few years. The population is holding steady. I would not expect it to grow without additional acres of habitat which is where PF has been working to increase while maintaining current habitat to it's maximum quality. Numbers will go up or down depending on available suitable habitat which is pretty much what we expected 10 years ago. The same results are seen out west. Less CRP means less birds. During my trip to Kansas this year I paid close attention to the number of hawks along the road. I always said there are just as many hawks out west as in the east. After counting hawks in Kansas, there just might be more out west. You could almost use them for mile markers. It is and has always been a habitat issue.
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Swartz Farm 19 hens 24 cockbirds no reflushes counted. Also short on dogs




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I used see wild pheasant behind my house all the time but that was over 30 years ago. The last time I saw a wild bird was in the late 90s when I would train my English pointer on airport property in Northeast Philadelphia.

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I was on the survey today in the Hegins area. We flushed twenty eight on the two farms we did. No reflushed. We probably had too many dogs.

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Of those....how many do you guestimate were double flushes?
From my experience doing the flushing surveys for a couple years, typically there are few reflushes but it depends a bit on the property layout and surrounding properties and the amount of volunteers and dogs. On one farm I did in the Hegins-Gratz WPRA, the one year we were pretty darn sure we reflushed one bird but that was it.

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I was hopeful for the hegins gratz WPRA if I remember correctly that one, once started showed the most promise. It was never given the full 1000 birds that were supposed to be released

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The WPRAs were very dependent on CREP acres in most cases. Many landowners are leaving CREP for a number of reasons. FSA changed the rules on qualification and County Committees have the authority to set rental rates. Since most farmers now are big land renters and not owners, they make payments for CREP too low for landowners to want them. There are still some conservation programs that can be utilized but for now things look like a rough road ahead for the wild pheasant program.

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.......transplanting them from other areas isn't going to be successful unless we reverse time....and farming practices.....back to the late '60's early '70's. And we know that's not going to become a reality.

What is different about the PA farming practices, and the South Dakota farming practices. Did a hunt out there last year, and was truly blown away.

But it made me wonder, why can they thrive out there, but not in PA? Certainly the winters are much more harsh in SD than in PA.

So WHAT is the main difference? I know guys will say hunting pressure, but that doesn't really seem accurate in an area where they are protected.

Just curious. I know the PGC and private organizations have tried very hard, just wonder what the real factor is?
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