The Long Point Fish and Game Club says its first year running the Norfolk County pheasant release program was a success.
Prior to that the pheasant release program was organized by the municipality, though the Club had a long history of assisting with parts of it. But, last year, when Norfolk County restructured some of its programs, members of Long Point and Area Fish and Game Club stepped up and took over all responsibility for the program, including purchasing the 750 birds and releasing them all.
A recent report to Council highlighted that 428 licenses were sold, with an almost even split between Norfolk County residents and non-residents. Non-residents came from 78 different municipalities, with many travelling over an hour and some coming from as far as Mississauga, Oshawa, and Orangeville.
“The program went well for the first time managing the whole thing,” said pheasant release chairman Randy Lambert. “Once we realized where everyone came from, we saw how popular it was.”
Lambert said he only had positive feedback from hunters he talked to. The group has plans to release more birds this fall.