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Movements and Cover Preferences of Pheasants in South Dakota

Lynn E. Hanson and Donald R. Progulske
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 37, No. 4 (Oct., 1973), pp. 454-461
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3800308
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3800308
Page Count: 8
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Movements and Cover Preferences of Pheasants in South Dakota
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Abstract

Movement trends and cover preferences of 13 ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) hens, 8 of which produced broods, were studied by radiotelemetry from June to October in 1969 and 1970. The average minimum home-range size was 90 acres (SD ± 48), the length of major axis of home ranges was 0.71 ± 0.28 mile, and the average minimum activity radius was 0.16 ± 0.09 mile. Home ranges were smallest during the peak of hatch (15-30 June) and in October, and largest during the sown small-grain harvest (16-31 August). Alfalfa was the most extensively used cover type both day and night, and was preferred in all months of study. Sown small-grain fields, corn fields, and shelter belts were intermittently preferred for nesting or roosting.

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