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Wild Pheasants could return if ...

July 10, 2010
By Garry Brandenburg, Times-Republican

RINGNECK PHEASANTS were introduced to the United States in 1881 to the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Thirty birds were shipped from China. Twenty seven survived the journey. Eleven years later, 1892, hunters in the valley had a 75 day season and estimates are they shot 50,000 birds! Over the next several decades, 40 of the 50 states obtained ringnecks and released them into farmland landscapes. By 1950, the pheasant population of the USA was at an all time high.



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