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Wild pheasant flushing survey, Hegins Gratz Valley WPMA

Is anyone here participating in the wild pheasant flushing survey on the WPA in the Hegins/Gratz Valley area on Feb 17?

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Isn't the words "Wild Pheasant" an oxymoron in Pennsylvania?
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No it is not! These are the birds that are the off spring of birds brought in from out west several years ago and put in areas in areas known as Wild Pheasant Restoration Areas . You need to stay current with what has been happening in the state.

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Yup, I plan on attending. Just did the survey at Turbotville today.

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Joe, what property's did you flush and what was your count?

Do you know the total number of birds that were flushed with today's efforts.

Today was a good day to do the flushing.

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No it is not! These are the birds that are the off spring of birds brought in from out west several years ago and put in areas in areas known as Wild Pheasant Restoration Areas . You need to stay current with what has been happening in the state.
I stay "current enough." I know the program flopped in Somerset county and I know the rest of the WPRA's....the jury is still out.

The Somerset WPRA was stocked in 2009 and was closed in 2018.

The PGC spent a ton of money on these programs. I'm not a biologist, but it seems to me that if our wild pheasant population died out, 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.
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I stay "current enough." I know the program flopped in Somerset county and I know the rest of the WPRA's....the jury is still out.

The Somerset WPRA was stocked in 2009 and was closed in 2018.

The PGC spent a ton of money on these programs. I'm not a biologist, but it seems to me that if our wild pheasant population died out, 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.
I was pulling your chain about keeping current. Pheasants Forever also spent time and money in the WPRAs. I don't believe anyone expects pheasants to be restored to anywhere near their former glory. However there are a few where the birds have taken hold and It is important that surveys continue to be done on the populations to see if they are increasing or deceasing from year to year.

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43 birds flushed with our group. We did half of farm on Strick Road. Could have used a few more dogs.

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43 birds flushed with our group. We did half of farm on Strick Road. Could have used a few more dogs.
Of those....how many do you guestimate were double flushes?
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No way to tell with any certainty.

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