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Like you, when making our many trips to Kenyon, we always saw many vultures, but none of those majestic, colorful flying boats, the pheasants, so common in the west. They populate the corn, wheat and sugar beet fields of Idaho and Eastern Oregon, along with carpets of California quail, Hungarian partridge and the occasional flatlander chukar. What is it about Ohio that is so hostile to these wonderful game birds? Maybe they can't swim the Mississippi? Do the vultures eat them?
Ohio's Dept Natural Resources sometimes puts out pheasants. We've had them in our hay field, but they don't seem to take. Neither do any of the other game birds.
Our hill has turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, kestrels, mourning doves, cardinals, blue jays, nuthatches, titmouses, crows, chickadees, red-winged black birds, etc. etc. But no game birds.
Ohio is pretty well built up everywhere, at least in Central Ohio. You don't find dense woods or marshes or abandonned fields near towns. The towns just seep out into farms that abut one another. Ohio is a shotgun state for deer; no rifles allowed. This is because of the closeness of homes throughout most of the state. So there are lots of dogs, coyotes, racoons, possums, and this might have something to do with the lack of game birds.
I live in southeast Ohio and my work takes me into the country areas daily. I see about one or two pheasants a year. ODNR does stock some wildlife areas as do some private preserves, but there are no great populations. One theory I have is that an abundance of foxes and coyotes prey on chicks and mature birds.
KY middle north... We do have turkeys but I believe many more Black and Turkey Vultures. Usually about December at the latest we have a vulture convention in the neighborhood with sometimes over 200 (yes 200) roosting in the late afternoon in as few as 5 trees. I for one am glad they are quiet vs the basic Black Bird...