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Master of Science (MS)


Wildland Resources


Jessop B. Low


Since 1900 the ringneck pheasant Phasianus colchicus torquatus Gmelin has assumed major importance in the United states as an upland game bird. This is particularly evident in utah where, in 1951, 76,000 hunters bagged an estimated one quarter million pheasants (8). It is axiomatic that pheasant habitat in Utah is largely confined to land under irrigation. In Utah, this comprises onlY 2.2 percent of the total land area. These areas, essentially bottomlands along stream courses, are intensively farmed and generally assessed a high valuation per acre. Associated with intensive farming are population centers and resultant concentrations of hunters. As hunter density increased in Utah, game management problems followed. Landowners were confronted by serious problems of trespass and damage to property. As in other states, landowners posted property with no Trespass signs. in doing so, they substantially reduced the pheasant habitat available to hunters.