I saw where they had a good flush rate at one of the reintroduction sites. Great news. But were these birds that were put out as adults or young that were raised here? As one area was shut down, I was wondering if these birds are actually reproducing. As these birds can reproduce at high rates if conditions are right. Read where out on the west coast 26 birds reproduced to the point that in 10 or 11 years they had a harvest of 50,000 birds. However now with the predation of avain predators I would think it will be impossible for these birds to come back here . I talked to the fellow that works with the project and he said the majority that are killed are killed by birds of prey. I didn't ask but I wonder if any of the birds are also dying of desease or starvation. It sounds like this pheasant project will fail like the last attempt with the sichuns. I know many guys on this sight have worked hard to help with these projects, and have given them suitable habitat. With the numbers stocked they should now be in the thousands if this project is working. Does anybody have a guess on the numbers now? I think that even with the large number of birds stocked they will not be able to come back, because of the avain predators. Most people try to look for the easy way out and try to make habitat improvements, when the problem is the predators. Maybe letters and calls to our representives is the answer. Anyone can improve habitat, but so far no one has been able to get small game numbers back where they once were. Maybe someone smart enough can get some of the political protection removed from the avain predators since the numbers are so high. Until then our pheasant recovery program will likely fail. Politics and game management do not work.