Wild Pheasant Releases Over 900 wild pheasants from Montana and South Dakota have been released in the reintroduction area. The average rooster to hen ratio is about 1:5.
Results from the First Two Years We are using flushing surveys and spring crowing counts to monitor survival. Early results cause us to be optimistic. Flushing Surveys 2008 - 140 birds total 2009 - 252 birds total Spring Crowing Count Route Through Release Area 2006 – 1 Rooster (before start of program) 2007- 9 Roosters 2008- 16 Roosters 2009- 25 Roosters These surveys and crowing route only measure a part of the release area.
Why Now? CREP is a 10 or 15 year agricultural conservation program that started in 2000 providing thousands of acres of nesting cover. Success of this wild pheasant program can be used to renew current contracts and expand additional CREP programs. Many other threatened or endangered grassland wildlife benefits from this program. It is imperative that these CREP programs be continued or the plan will fail in the future.
What Do We Expect To Get Out Of All This? MORE!