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November 2, 2009

States with Pheasant Stocking Programs

Every year, hundreds of thousands of stocked pheasants are killed in hunts across the U.S. The chart below illustrates the number of birds annually released in states with pheasant stocking programs.

The data was obtained from information requests submitted to state wildlife agencies and from official agency websites. Where ranges are given, the figures represent the highs and lows between 2000 and 2004. Otherwise, the figures are the average of release numbers from 2000 to 2004, or represent a consistent annual number during that period.

State

Pheasants Released

California

8,000

Connecticut

20,770

Idaho

18,200

Illinois
  Released
  Youth Hunts

 
71,806 - 89,254
1,971 - 2,209

Indiana

22,000

Kentucky

840 - 1,290

Massachusetts

40,000

Montana

607 - 14,654

New Hampshire

12,500 - 13,000

New Jersey

55,000 - 60,000

New York
  Adults
  Young
  Chicks

 
13,777 - 31,689
11,560 - 31,689
56,321 - 98,928

Ohio

15,000

Oregon

5,300 - 5,650

Pennsylvania
  "Spring Breeder" Release
  Youth Hunts

100,000 - 244,663*
18,502 - 20,280
14,594 - 19,973

Rhode Island

5,000

Utah

1,300

Washington

60,000

Wisconsin
   Adults
   Chicks

 
19,160 - 59,530
57,183 - 62,844

Wyoming

29,313

* Beginning in the 2004-2005 season, the Pennsylvania Game Commission cut the state's pheasant budget in half by reducing each season's release to approximately 100,000 birds. 

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