5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

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5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby glassman48 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:35 pm

I heard just part of our Michigan out of doors t.v. show on public t.v. a couple of weeks ago. The parts that I caught were a man came up with the idea of planting pheasants to help get young people interested in hunting again. I don't know how many years this has been going on, but one man's idea has apparently grown to 5800 pheasants being planted at various locations around Michigan this year. What a great story, what a great idea, and congratulations to whoever the guy is that saw this idea through. If anyone has more info, maybe a phone number etc. I would like to call the man himself and tell him congratulations. I am hoping some of the planted birds may be close enough for us to go down and try our luck. I thought I heard the t.v. personality say they planted the birds the night before? Thanks, Ed
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Re: 5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby Silvers » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:39 am

glassman48 wrote:I heard just part of our Michigan out of doors t.v. show on public t.v. a couple of weeks ago. The parts that I caught were a man came up with the idea of planting pheasants to help get young people interested in hunting again. I don't know how many years this has been going on, but one man's idea has apparently grown to 5800 pheasants being planted at various locations around Michigan this year. What a great story, what a great idea, and congratulations to whoever the guy is that saw this idea through. If anyone has more info, maybe a phone number etc. I would like to call the man himself and tell him congratulations. I am hoping some of the planted birds may be close enough for us to go down and try our luck. I thought I heard the t.v. personality say they planted the birds the night before? Thanks, Ed


If birds are "planted" the night before (as they likely are) this sounds similar to modern day pheasant stocking in some areas of PA where the birds stay around the roads waiting for the next feeding and the "sports" who follow the stocking schedule cruise around and pop them. There's nothing FAIR CHASE about that whereas if the stocking had been done well in advance the birds could get acclimated to foraging, hiding etc. Then we could call it hunting instead of shooting. That real time planting or stocking appeals to some but it's pretty sad imo. Better to buy your chickens at the supermarket, already packaged.

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Re: 5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby kgb » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:27 am

Did the idea man say how they keep the focus on starting kids down the hunting path? Road hunters and grumpy old men are pretty much unavoidable but they should be able to reach the original goals, via restricted dates or areas or ????
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Re: 5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby glassman48 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:10 pm

I posted this hoping someone that has more knowledge will give more information. I understand franks opinion, I am hoping that their long term goal would be for the surviving pheasants to repopulate. Thats what I am hoping for anyways. At the pheasant farm near us, the birds that are not shot after being planted soon reacclimate themselves and become "wild". The owner said he thinks this usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks in his opinion. If the guy who thought of this has his heart in the right place, then he will get that congratulations call from me. Its better than not doing anything in my opinion.
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Re: 5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby glassman48 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:46 pm

I am trying to find out more on my computer which isn't easy for someone who can barely turn a computer on. The d.n.r. releases male pheasants weekly in 11 different areas in southern lower michigan. They keep releasing into the 2nd season in December. It looks like the idea is more for introducing new hunters. I was hoping it was to reestablish pheasants in general and for new hunters. I had actually been thinking about this for a couple of years because of all the fun I had as a kid in the 60's. I was just hoping someone in here had more first hand knowledge could shed some light on what their goals are.
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Re: 5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby glassman48 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:59 pm

A friend of mine told me to check out this months American Hunter magazine on page 24. More info on this subject.
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Re: 5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby Foxnut » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:00 pm

Glassman, here you go. MI DNR release program. Similar to what PA and NJ do. Released Weekly during Oct, Nov, and Dec at select state game areas.

https://amp.thetimesherald.com/amp/3560639002

www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119 ... --,00.html
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Re: 5800 planted pheasants in Michigan

Postby glassman48 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:08 pm

foxnut,
Thanks for that link, I haven't found anyone yet that has tried any of those 11 areas. I am hoping it would resemble something like we used to have in my earlier years. Maybe I am still that eternal optimist, I can take off during the week, I would imagine the weekend would be hit hard in those areas. One of my friends who has a brittany may take a trip just to see what its like. I will stay in touch on the site here and let people know if they like the experience or not. Thanks again foxnut. Ed
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