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Pen-raised pheasants expensive luxury for hunters

HUNTING -- As Washington has been scaling down its pheasant release program the past few years, other states are looking at giving pen-raised birds the boot.

Wyoming mulls future of pheasant farms
Since 1937, Wyoming has been raising pheasants on two farms to be released in the fall for hunters, but the cost of operating the farms is now $664,000, roughly $22 for each of the 30,000 birds released in the fall, while licenses and stamps fund just 9 percent of the program's overall cost, and the state Game and Fish Department is taking a hard look at whether the program should continue.

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