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Forty-three pheasants were found
dead and reported. The cause of death
was reported as unknown for 24 of them,
while 14 were killed on roads and five
were killed by predators.
The remaining pheasants were harvested by hunters.
Although most band recoveries
occurred on the same property where
pheasants were released, one pheasant
released in the Delaware Water Gap
National Recreation Area was recovered
in New Jersey, and road-killed pheasants
were recovered up to 10 miles from their
stocking locations.

harvest breakdown
Overall, the pheasant harvest rate was
49.1 percent.
Males were harvested at a higher rate
(53.8 percent) than females (41.1 percent),
perhaps due to hunter selectivity.
Harvest rates were higher on game
lands (48.7 percent) and other public
properties (50.7 percent) than they were
on privately owned Hunter Access properties (37.3 percent). This could result from
greater hunter effort on public property.
A 2013 survey indicated only about 18
percent of Pennsylvania pheasant hunters used Hunter Access properties, while
nearly 80 percent used state game lands,
where habitat usually is better and the
majority of pheasants are stocked.
Harvest rates were lowest for pheasants released for the Junior Hunt (40.6
percent), likely due to hunter inexperience, and that pheasants need to survive
two weeks or more to make it to the
regular season.
Similarly, the harvest rate of pheasants
stocked preseason was 46.7 percent.
Harvest rates were highest and nearly
identical for the first three in-season
releases, where the harvest rate averaged
40

52.9 percent.
More pheasants were harvested on
Saturdays (36.1 percent) and Fridays
(26.8 percent), with the smallest percent
taken on Tuesdays (6.1 percent).
Harvest rates also varied depending
on day of week pheasants were stocked.
During the four in-season stockings,
harvests were highest for pheasants
released on Fridays (53.4 percent), followed by those released on Wednesdays
(51.8 percent), Thursdays (50 percent)
and Tuesdays (47.1 percent). The preseason stocking showed similar results,
with 55.4 percent of pheasants stocked
on Friday being harvested.
Harvest rates also showed differences
between WMUs open for either-sex
pheasant hunting and those open to males
only. In WMUs under males-only regulations, the overall male harvest rate was
51.8 percent. In WMUs under either-sex
regulations, the male harvest rate was
55.2 percent, the female harvest rate was
41.1 percent and the combined male-andfemale harvest rate was 47.9 percent.

applying knowledge
Overall, harvest rates in the latest study
are consistent with those in the 1998
study, if the September hen releases are
excluded. Patterns in harvest rates for
public and private properties, and differences between male and female harvest
rates also are consistent.
Still, the results give us a good start in
identifying how changes to pheasant-release
strategies might increase harvest rates.
Clearly, releasing pheasants on public
properties later in the week results in the
highest harvest rates.
And maintaining a high number of
pheasants released, particularly in the first
few weeks of the season, will result in
more pheasants bagged by hunters.



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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover1
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - A
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Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - November 2016 - Contents
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