The PA Game Commission recently reported:
Pheasants are not known to fly long distances. But 58 Montana ringnecks recently took flight to Pennsylvania, albeit by airplane, and were among the first wild pheasants ever released into what is known as the Franklin County Wild Pheasant Recovery Area.
Four Pennsylvania-born pheasant roosters, which were trapped in and transferred from the Central Susquehanna Wild Pheasant Recovery Area, were released alongside the Montana birds to provide for a balanced sex ratio of the birds released.
I am a member of Fairbank Rod and Gun club and they stock a great deal of pheasants throughout the year. I would love to see wild pheasants return to PA. But I can't help but wonder how many birds will be lost to coyotes before they can breed?