When the Game Commission stopped keeping pheasants over the winter, two years ago, and then collecting and incubating the eggs in the spring there were no longer day old chicks for the Sportsmen to get a raise. When the clubs could get day old chicks they did raise them and stock them on game lands or other lands open to public hunting, but now if a club wants to raise and release pheasants they have to find a source to buy day old chicks.
There is still at least one Sportsmen Club, Fox Township, Sportsmen here in Elk County, who buys chicks, raises them up then stocks them in the fall on land open only to youth pheasant hunting.
There might be other clubs raising and stocking pheasants across the state but I suspect they are pretty few.
As far as a club stocking pheasants on the ANF I suspect they might be talking about the NWTF veterans hunt that was held in Buzzard Swamp back on the 1st of November. Though the hunt is held where the game Commission already stocks there is an attempt to keep it as target rich as possible for about 60 veterans they schedule to hunt over our Pheasants Forever Chapter's dogs on that day. Thus we generally stock about three pheasants and three chukars per hunter on each field for each wave of hunters. There are eight fields with three two hour hunts on each field. Right before the wave of two, three or four hunters hit the fields we stock a few of the birds they bought so the hunters are pretty sure of having some birds go up in front of them.
Though the hunters harvest a majority of the chukars they are still only allowed two pheasants. That results in a fair number of pheasants and a few of the chukars being left for other public land hunters at the end of the Veteran's Hunt.
It is an excellent hunt and a great partnership between our Pheasants Forever Chapter, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Allegheny National Forest, the Game Commission, the Marienville Vets Club and the local community. The NWTF coordinates the hunt, the ANF provide the land as well as a lot of help on the day of the hunt, the Vet's Club provide the meeting place as well as the meals, the local schools provide a lot of kids to help with the stocking and other general running duties, the area Transportation Authority provides busses or vans for shuffling the hunters back and forth and the Game Commission provide a special permit for the one day so the Veterans don't need to purchase the pheasant permit for that one day only hunt.
I lot of people make this a special day to honor or nation's veterans. It is a very rewarding experience for everyone involved and still leaves a fair number of birds for the area hunters to harvest after the vet's hunt.
Last edited by R. S. B.; 11-15-2018 at 12:56 PM.