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March 18, 1999

For more information contact:
James Ackerman at 908-852-3461

The New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife will offer a limited number of adult ringneck pheasants for public sale at the Rockport Pheasant Farm in Warren County. The birds are being sold in an effort to make the Division's Pheasant Program operate self-sufficiently, as costs currently exceed revenue generated through the sale of pheasant stamps.

"With the Division's fiscal solvency still in jeopardy, we cannot continue to subsidize the Pheasant and Quail Program," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "This is a necessary cost-saving effort that will reduce program expenses by about $80,000 and allow the revenue generated by Pheasant and Quail Stamp sales to actually pay for the program."

Male and female birds will be available from November 1 - December 31, 1999. Prices for cocks and hens picked up between November 1 and 30 are $8.50 and $7.50, respectively. Costs between December 1 and 31 are $8.75 and $8. There is a minimum order of 50 birds required.

Order forms for adult birds are available at Division offices or by calling 908-852-3461. Payment is required upon receipt of birds and must be in the form of a check or money order. Pheasant Farm pick-up hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.