Upland Game Bird 4-H Initiative

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 we partner with stakeholders to improve the future of upland hunting 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 day-old chicks to adults birds. This year, we had 53 4-H members who successfully raised approximately 4,200 pheasants (mostly hens) and either released them into suitable upland habitat or marketed them for sale.

In addition to the 4-H members, other interest groups including private landowners, Alberta Fish & Game Associations, and Boy Scout groups also received the opportunity to purchase day-old chicks to raise. We did not record how many birds were successfully raised and released or marketed for sale as they are free to do what they want with their birds.

Partnerships

4-H Alberta, Alberta Environment and Parks, ConocoPhillips Canada, MacFarlane Pheasants, private donations

Annual Summaries

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
ACA/4-H Pheasant Raise and Release Program 2020-2021 2