Re: Pheasant release schedule:
I'm assuming closing it to pheasant hunting is what the suggestion intended. In all, the loss to predators vs hunters in the extra day is likely to be a wash.
I remember one archery season, when returning to my vehicle, I noticed truck tracks on a game land road. Then I heard the pheasants. I returned on the first day of the season and found 7 piles of feathers...not one pheasant. Even today, walking where the stocking takes place, it's common to find more predator kill sites than it is to see live bird. Of course, that's just my observation without use of a dog, or actually engaged with hunting them. Sort of a bystander opinion.
The Archery Trade Association does not own the PA whitetail deer herd