Yesterday I ran into a group of hunters from Virginia that were out pheasant hunting. Three generations of hunters all here to go after what they called the "King" of game birds. When I asked them why they come such a long way to hunt pheasants here they told me because it's a tradition!
I would like to thank the Game Commission for keeping this tradition alive and well! I have never seen more pheasant hunters than I have seen this year. Seeing license plates from New Jersey, New York, and Maryland is common for me and my buddies. I know of people from Ohio, Virginia, and as far as North Carolina that come here to go pheasant hunting. That's impressive and proof that all the hard work you have done to improve the quality of pheasant hunting here is working. Keep up the good work!
I'm a Virginia boy who tried out pheasant hunting in the great state of Pa for the first time last week. Didn't get anything but the dog and I flushed a couple and a had a good time talking to the Pa folks who were hunting also. Was interesting. I saw 5 different breeds out there chasing the King to include a Basset Hound of all things. Also a lab, a golden retriever a setter and a spaniel. Was fun to see all the different dogs and the folks having fun. The couple of birds I saw sure flew good.
Well... one thing is for sure, The Tradition is live and well in Pa., and the PGC deserves a lot of credit. There are only a few states with more pheasants hunters than Pa. and the vast majority of hunters in Pa, support the program. I have witnessed the same thing with out of state hunters buying licenses to hunt ringnecks. For many it's a way to get in on some upland hunting without traveling to the Mid-West. Add the grouse and woodcock to the mix and you can understand why they are coming.We are very lucky to have a Game Commission that understands the small game hunter. Thank You PGC!
Man, thatís a relief I thought us out-of-towners were looked down upon. All joking aside, being only 45 minutes away has allowed me to introduce my ten year old son to pheasant hunting. For the last two years Iíve taken him up to the game lands for the youth hunt. We usually hunt part of the morning and then go to a little diner/restaurant and have a big breakfast. While we didnít get any birds he looks forward to it. Hopefully it will continue.
Just imagine the out of state hunters that would come if the PGC was more committed to improving habitat and creating hunting opportunities for our native game birds. With the right efforts and focus our state could be a destination state. Not that I'd like to see more traffic in the uplands, but the potential is there.