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/
Nearby Historic Brookville, PA
Brookville is a town founded on the lumber and logging industry. Its first settlers arrived around 1790, and the town's first house was built in 1801. The area's loggers used the area streams and rivers to float logs down to Pittsburgh and beyond. The town was established in 1830 on a major transportation route called the Susquehanna and Waterford Turnpike, When Brookville was connected to the railroad, the town's exports grew to include coal as well as locally produced cars for a short period of time. Today, Brookville remains heavily involved in the logging industry, and Interstate-80 runs just north of the small town of 4,000 people, bringing in some additional business.
Judge Elijah Heath's home, at 66 Pickering Street, was part of the Underground Railroad. Judge Heath's home, built in 1836 and remodeled in 1902, has a basement passageway used to hide runaway slaves on their way into Canada.
Ewingjr98's grandfather grew up near Brookville in a town called Sigel, and Ewingjr98's great grandfather was known to have been in the logging business, floating logs down the Clarion River.
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