ACA/4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Program

Pheasants were first introduced into Alberta in 1908 by a group of recreational enthusiasts to provide enhanced upland hunting opportunities. Now, more than 100 years later, the tradition continues as ACA partners with stakeholders to improve upland hunting opportunities in Alberta. Changes in agricultural practices and the conversion of native prairie into cropland have dramatically modified the landscape to the point where native game birds are nearly eliminated from areas dedicated to cropland. Pheasants can adapt to areas predominately used for cropland provided that a suite of habitat features are also available. In 2014, we initiated a new partnership with 4-H Alberta offering them the opportunity to raise pheasants from day-old chicks to adult birds for release. This year, we had 115 4-H members who successfully raised and released 5,950 hen and rooster pheasants into suitable upland habitat. In addition to the 4-H members, other interest groups including private landowners, Fish & Game Associations, and Boy Scout groups also received the opportunity to raise pheasants from day-old chicks. We did not record how many birds were successfully raised and released from these interest groups as they are free to do what they want with their birds. We held a workshop for participants to provide guidance on pheasant husbandry and to discuss habitat features important for improving the odds of survival for pheasants in Alberta.

Partnerships

4-H Alberta, Alberta Environment and Parks, Calgary Fish & Game Association, ConocoPhillips Canada, Innisfree & District Fish and Game Association, Lethbridge Fish & Game Association, MacFarlane Pheasants, Private donations, Wheatland Conservation & Wildlife Association

Annual Summaries

We are working hard to upload all past summaries. If there is a report you would like to see that isn't presently here, please email info@ab-conservation.com

Title Year Category
ACA/4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Program 2014-2015 2
ACA/4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Program 2015-2016 2
ACA/4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Program 2016-2017 2
ACA/4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Program 2017-2018 2
ACA/4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Program 2018-2019 2