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New York has a program were it gives sportsman young pheasant to keep in holding pens so they can get used to the enviroment.They are then released into the wild around August.It is much easier than raising pheasants from chicks!Does anyone have any stats on how successful this is?What percentage make it to hunting season?
 

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I doubt it's very successful. I've never seen a release like this that worked very well. The new pheasant and quail propagators from Pheasant Restoration Technologies don't work well either. They are less effective than regular stocking programs. The birds that do survive are no doubt wilder but there are fewer of them put in the bag.
 

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The cost of the brooder and the cost of each bird harvested makes this option more expensive than releasing game farm birds a few days before you hunt them. It had not proven to be effective at reestablishing a wild population so it is a comparison of cost/number of birds harvested. If you want fewer more wilder birds to hunt, then this could be your answer.
 
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