Out & About: Pheasant chicks available to raise, release

Week-old pheasant chicks huddle in an incubator before they can be released. (Steve Hanks)
Week-old pheasant chicks huddle in an incubator before they can be released. (Steve Hanks)

OUTGROW – The  Inland Northwest Wildlife Council will distribute pheasant chicks to people who have facilities to raise 25 or more birds for around six weeks before releasing them into the wild. 

The council provides the day-old birds in lots of 25 and charges a fee to cover costs: 

• 40 cents a hen

• $2.25 for roosters

• $1.50 for half roosters, half hens.

Starter feed is available, 50 pounds for $20.

The first shipment of chicks from Little Canyon Shooting Preserve in Peck, Idaho, will be April 29 and continue every Tuesday until late June, said program coordinator Larry Carey.

They will be available for pickup at the council office, 6116 N. Market.

Chicks must be reserved in advance: (509) 328-6429. 

Derby reset by Roosevelt levels

OUTFISH – The annual Two Rivers Spring Trout Derby at Lake Roosevelt has been postponed because of this year’s deep drawdown of Lake Roosevelt, said organizer Dan Kieffer.

The event, originally set for next weekend, has been rescheduled for May 17-18, when the reservoir’s water levels should be on the rise, he said.

Info: (509) 215-0202 or 722-4029.

Palisades Park cleanup on Saturday

OUTDO – Volunteers are needed for the annual Palisades Park Cleanup starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the intersection of Greenwood, Rimrock and Basalt roads.

The city park, which is near Indian Canyon, features Rimrock Drive, a non-motorized route overlooking Spokane, plus trails in a natural conservation area.

RSVP: “>membership@palisadesnw.com.

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