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    1pheas4, what he calls "crazy pheasants" as he put it, equals to staying alive in the real wild predator infested world. And its a breeze for the predators to catch the tame pheasants also.

    All of those old theories that pheasants wont expand southward into S. Illinois, S. Indiana, S. Missouri or S.E. Kansas because of high humidity, high heat and the lack of soil minerals such as calcium, is a bunch of bologna.

    As pheasants expand or move southward they simply run into more and more hungry predators. Therefore, you simple need truly wilder, wild-trapped pheasant (70 or 80 generations of living wild genes) or wilder pen raised strains of of the true pheasant like the Bianchi pheasant. The middle Rio Grande river valley is loaded with all kind of ground and aerial predator, yet the Bianchi or white-wing pheasant that crossed with the ringnecks are surviving and expanding well out there.
    To look at them.
    Google: Bosque del Apache pheasants.

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    "Through license fees and excise tax on arms and gear, sportsmen contribute over $200 million per year for wildlife conservation programs" (U.S. fish and wildlife service)

    http://www.pheasantfreaks.com

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    Good Post! A lot of people find it hard to believe, but there is a healthy and thriving population of Ringneck Pheasant along the NJ Turnpike and around Giants Stadium.

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    My boss has a news paper clipping about Detroit being overrun with abandoned dogs roaming the streets for food. The number is well into the thousands. Lookout birds!
    Upland hunting is for the birds...and those of us who love our dogs!

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    A short video of a wild rooster and hen from this past spring in Detroit;

    https://youtu.be/p0x10jGzOZw

    Nick
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    That's just amazing!

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    What's really interesting is that these birds manage to survive in areas like this while they disappear in areas that have much more of what we think of as traditional habitat. It makes you scratch your head sometimes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLDBRED View Post
    What's really interesting is that these birds manage to survive in areas like this while they disappear in areas that have much more of what we think of as traditional habitat. It makes you scratch your head sometimes!
    Yep. Something funny is going on with many state's and their wild bird populations. Issues that go beyond predators.

    My county (McHenry IL) is a good example of increased, quality grasslands (thanks to our counties conservation department and other orgs) yet decreased wild pheasant populations.

    Nick
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    Nick,

    As you are well aware we spend a great deal of time searching for the isolated pockets of wild pheasants in the Eastern States.
    The question is ...."isolated" from what!

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