PA Game Commission's Pheasant Pharm
PA's history with pheasants dates back to the late 1800s when local citizens introduced the birds in the state for hunting. In 1915 the Game Commission got involved with stocking pheasants in an effort to create a self-sustaining population. In 1929 the Game Commission established its first two game farms for pheasants, and three more farms followed in later years. In the 1970s and 80s it is said that the state's natural pheasant populations declined due to changes in agriculture techniques and urban sprawl. In 1983 the Game Commission released its most pheasants ever, some 425,000 birds, but since then this number has been reduced to about 200,000 pheasants statewide. While the state has raised and released other birds over the years including turkey and quail, today pheasant is the only bird that the Game Commission raises solely for hunting.
Each year, around the first two weeks of small game season, these pheasants are released on state and federal lands for the enjoyment of hunters.
The Southwest Game Farm in Armstrong County was established in 1953 and its birds are distributed in southwestern and south central Pennsylvania.
Each year in September tours of the game farms are offered.
Southwest Game Farm
217 Pheasant Farm Road
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
Here is a video I shot in 2010 at the Pheasant Pharm: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/3e37/