According to a recent report, 28 percent of Utah's pheasant habitat has been lost in the last 33 years.
This loss of habitat can be attributed primarily to two factors: urban and industrial development and changing agricultural practices, particularly increases in farm and field sizes and the associated loss of fence rows, field borders and ditch-bank vegetation.According to upland game biologist Dean Mitchell, Utah's pheasant population is at an all-time low. In 1989, 50,382 hunters harvested an estimated 80,769 birds. This is down from an all-time high harvest of 309,015 birds by 88,290 hunters in 1958.
The study looked at changes in pheasant habitat in the 12 most important pheasant producing counties. Salt Lake County showed the greatest loss, 40 percent, and Weber County the least, 13 percent.