Idaho Falls Surrogation Program:
The Idaho Falls Chapter has expanded their Surrogator program in 2012, and have big plans to give the Pheasant population a big boost in Eastern Idaho. We have formed a great partnership with some landowners in the Wolverine area who are passionate about bringing the Pheasant population back. We released over 300 juvenile Pheasants throughout this summer. The birds are released at four weeks of age while they are still young enough to maintain their natural survival instincts, but yet old enough to not be as susceptible to weather and predation issues. Raising the chicks on site will help them to imprint on the area. The landowners are also working hard on several habitat enhancement projects. Though Pheasant numbers are low in this area now, the improved habitat along with the release of wild birds will be a great start to help the population rebound. The best part about it all is that the land is in the “Access Yes” program and it borders public property, so everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits. We look forward to continuing this program next year, and are excited to see the results.