WI State game farm accepting applications for 2011 pheasant chick program

POYNETTE, Wis. – Wisconsin conservation clubs have until March 5
to apply to participate in a program where clubs help the
Department of Natural Resources rear pheasant chicks from the State
Game Farm for later release on public and private hunting
lands.

The Cooperative Day-old Chick Program has been in place since
1936 to increase opportunities for pheasant hunting across the
state. Under the program, cooperating conservation clubs are
provided day-old rooster pheasant chicks hatched at the State Game
Farm near Poynette. In return, the clubs agree to cover all costs
related to rearing, feeding, maintaining and properly caring for
the pheasant chicks.

The pheasants are later released near the club on private and
state-owned lands that are open to public pheasant hunting. The
program includes a “cost-share” option that allows cooperating
clubs to keep a high percentage of the pheasants they raise for
their own use, while returning a percentage of the birds back to
the state.

“This program is an excellent opportunity to provide pheasant
hunting opportunities in addition to the department’s public
hunting ground pheasant stocking program,” says Bob Nack, State
Game Farm manager. “We really enjoy working with clubs on
this.”

A list of current cooperating conservation clubs, Future
Farmer’s of America programs, and application materials to become a
cooperating club are available on the State Game Farm page of the
DNR website or by calling the State Game Farm office at (608)
635-8120. 2011 Day-Old-Chick program applications should be sent to
the local wildlife biologist by March 5, 2011.

 

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