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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-22-2018, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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rabbit hunting on pheasant stocked SGL's

i dont know if this has been asked before but.....can you hunt rabbits on pheasant stocked gamelands with out a pheasant stamp ? i dont have dogs so i dont see where that would be a problem. i also dont see a problem hunting rabbits with out a pheasant stamp as long as i dont shoot at a pheasant. just wondering how much commotion it would cause when being checked for a stamp.

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Don't see why not... I can hunt grouse without purchasing a migratory bird stamp which is required for woodcock
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Certainly you can hunt anything that is in season without the pheasant permit as long as you don't attempt to take a pheasant or attempt to flush pheasants or in any way aid others in taking or attempting to take pheasants.


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got it...Thanks.

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This has come up before IIRC, but if you are running beagles who like to chase pheasants... I think the standard answer at the time was that 'to be safe' you should have the stamp, but I don't particularly like that answer. I have no interest in shooting the birds so I don't see why I should have to have the stamp. I only ask because the above answer mentions attempting to flush pheasants.

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but if the rabbit is hiding in the same field as the pheasants and i flush some birds while hunting rabbits and the group of guys at the end of the field shoot the pheasant i flushed, does that count as helping flush pheasants if i am not hunting with them or even know them ?

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but if the rabbit is hiding in the same field as the pheasants and i flush some birds while hunting rabbits and the group of guys at the end of the field shoot the pheasant i flushed, does that count as helping flush pheasants if i am not hunting with them or even know them ?
I would say no.

Using the same logic...if you are hunting buck with no doe tag and kick out a doe to another hunter, you are not in violation.

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It would only count if you were hunting with them and that was the plan to cooperate. If your dog flushes a pheasant and you don't shoot at it you are not targeting pheasants any more than if your beagles kicked out a fox and you don't have a fur taker's licenses.
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This has come up before IIRC, but if you are running beagles who like to chase pheasants... I think the standard answer at the time was that 'to be safe' you should have the stamp, but I don't particularly like that answer. I have no interest in shooting the birds so I don't see why I should have to have the stamp. I only ask because the above answer mentions attempting to flush pheasants.
The stamp is for those killing pheasants not "attempting to flush them", that's baloney. You could flush them all day, not shoot them, and no one could reasonably accuse you of pheasant hunting. The stamp is for those taking pheasants. You have as much right to be on the gameland doing your thing as anyone else does.
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The stamp is for those killing pheasants not "attempting to flush them", that's baloney. You could flush them all day, not shoot them, and no one could reasonably accuse you of pheasant hunting. The stamp is for those taking pheasants. You have as much right to be on the gameland doing your thing as anyone else does.
You may want to read the law before you make an interpretation of it. Flushing pheasants intentionally is hunting them. There is a big difference between accidentally flushing game while participating in a lawful activity as in bohunr's question and intentionally participating in an activity that requires a license or permit without having one. Just as an aside, the reason the law specifically includes the use of dogs is so people who have dogs can't go out and use them to point or flush pheasants for others and not have the permit.

(a) A pheasant hunting permit is required for any person to hunt or take pheasants by any means or manner or device, including the use of dogs, in this Commonwealth.
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