There are two different strategies for introducing pheasants to a new property. Regardless of the strategy used, it is important that you prepare your property in advance as a good habitat for pheasants. Grasslands with low to medium grasses, wetlands, croplands, brush, shrubs and idle fields would be a good start. The goal is to establish a self-sustaining population on a new property.
Fall Release of Pheasants
- Many hunt clubs and individuals introduce pheasants to their property in late summer or early fall.
- They release a mix of half hens and half roosters.
- This strategy gives birds the fall to get acclimated to the land and establish their territory.
- Problems faced by the birds during the release to a new property include hunting pressures, predators, and surviving winter weather on their own.
Spring Release of Pheasants
- When choosing a spring release strategy, pheasants are released in late February to early March.
- Mostly hens are released with a few roosters.
- This option avoids the worst of winter conditions.
- The plan is to have pheasants breed in 30-40 days and bring off a first generation wild population the following fall.
While it is true that most folks choose the fall release option, it is a personal decision. It is a challenge to raise pheasants in the wild, but one that is satisfying and often accomplished successfully when the habitat is available.
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