Monday, October 22, 2007

‘52 Pheasant Population averages 40 birds per hundred acres, half roosters

Cecil Langdon, district game agent, said a pheasant survey in Malheur County indicated there were 40 birds per acre, about half roosters, The Argus-Observer reported on Oct. 23, 1952.

Langdon said that was “about average and slightly more than a year ago.”
When a count was taken in the spring there were five hens for every rooster, but hens have a higher mortality rate during the non-hunting months, Langdon explained.

Hens are more susceptible to dogs, cats and hawks and more are killed by hay mowers and other farming machinery, he said.

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