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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-20-2019, 05:21 PM
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Where I hunted at near Lewisburg, the crash occurred in 1978. We went from seeing 125 birds on opening day in 1977, to seeing a dozen in 1978.
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-21-2019, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Westrim View Post
Can't be replicated in Pennsylvania, on any large scale. Sorry I was not clear
I still must disagree with you. When we started the trap and transfer program, the area we released the birds in had as much acres in CREP as it had in the set aside years of the 60s. The main reason it did not do as well as hoped is because the grass mixture used on the CREP acres did not provide the necessary winter cover. PA had 260,000 acres of CREP and a couple of places there was a good amount of it. Ag programs come and go under different administrations.

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Originally Posted by Woods walker View Post
The Avian flu!
Not sure of any studies that would support that Avian Flu affected pheasants. Water fowl yes.
Mid west US birds would have been hit equally decimated.
I may be wrong and would like to see the supporting documentation.
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post #24 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Avian flu doesn't affect the waterfowl much, they are carriers though.

When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
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