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Weather forces pheasant stocking delay

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Published: October 23, 2009 by the Central Office

Contact(s): Bob Nack, State Game Farm Director (608) 635-8120

MADISON - Wet weather conditions have caused state wildlife officials to delay planned end-of-the-week release of pheasants on 71 statewide public hunting grounds.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials had planned to stock most properties earlier in the week. However, officials at the state game farm in Poynette determined that releasing pheasants in wet weather conditions would be detrimental to the physical condition and health of the birds. Stocking will resume when weather conditions improve.

"We realize the popularity of pheasant hunting at this time of year we make every attempt to get pheasants in the fields," said game farm director Bob Nack. "The game farm staff takes pride in producing and releasing healthy, high quality pheasants for the hunter."

To date, more than 12,000 of the 42,000 pheasants produced for release by DNR in 2009 have been released statewide. Nack says the game farm staff plans to catch-up on stocking by releasing more birds on stocking days and/or adding additional stocking days later in the season.

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