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A pheasant experience

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    Wildlife biologist Dan Bailey, left, and Sgt. Heidi Murphy, right, of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department release 55 pheasants at the Mascoma River Wildlife Management Area in Canaan, N.H., one of four sites with suitable habitat for the non-native birds stocked in Grafton and Sullivan counties on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. "It's kind of like a lot of our trout stocking that goes on throughout New England States - a lot of those fish are not expected to survive and reproduce," said Bailey. "This is the same kind of deal with pheasant, but it gives ... more hunters the opportunity to pursue game birds." (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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    Wildlife biologist Dan Bailey, of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, lifts a pheasant that was reluctant to fly out of a crate while releasing the birds for hunters at the Mascoma River Wildlife Management Area in Canaan, N.H., on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. The birds are raised in Massachusetts and paid for with revenue from pheasant stamps required for licensed hunters in New Hampshire. "So the number of birds we purchase is directly correlated with how much money pheasant hunters put into that program," said Bailey. There is a daily two-bird limit and hunters can shoot 10 pheasant per season. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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    Sgt. Heidi Murphy of New Hampshire Fish and Game, left, returns a hunting license to Kurt Elsaesser, of Old Bridge, N.J., after checking for his pheasant stamp at the Mascoma River Wildlife Management Area in Canaan, N.H., on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. "It's great that the state does this for us hunters - it gives us recreation," said Elsaesser. "Whatever I shoot I'm going to eat," he said. "I don't waste anything - that's not right." (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 10/17/2022 1:37:11 PM
Modified: 10/17/2022 1:37:06 PM


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