Well, because for some folks the sky is falling. I mean my gosh, we're even starting rifle deer season on a Saturday now. Oh heavens me. LOL.
Nevermind that the reasons for stopping the stocking on the national seashore were ecologically valid with the sensitive nature of dunes, dunes grass, etc but how that becomes the end of pheasant stocking here in PA is beyond me.
Yeah, it's quite misleading but I think the implication was meant to regard pheasant hunting that relies on stocked birds. There was specific decision made regarding stopping stocking on the National Seashore and a sound one at that I think from a conservation standpoint. So now the sky will begin falling apparently here in PA and everywhere else.
That said, I mentioned a while back when this thread started that given the NPS decision at the National Seashore and the direction the Delaware Water Gap National Rec. Area has been heading I could very well see a similar decision to cease stocking in the DWGNRA. But again that still wouldn't constitute an end to pheasant stocking or hunting statewide in PA.
the title of the thread is.....an end to pheasant hunting ?
punctuation does change the meaning & intent of sentences.
if the article cited was read, you will notice the lawsuit was started by an animal rights group.
there was/is NO study done to prove the stocking is hurting the area & some assumptions made by
the representative of the local SPCA.
misleading by omitting punctuation (and facts) & claiming foolish shots by others when doing that very thing,
seems to be SOP for democrats.
The thing is regardless of all the naysayers. Once those birds are out there for several days they are almost like our birds from the 60ís.
A serious pheasant hunter that I shoot skeet with has been to Iowa and South Dakota several times, and he says the stocked pheasants in PA aren't that far off of early season pheasants out there. He approves.
I think pheasant hunting will end in PA in the next 10 years. It's a shame but it seems the state cannot support pheasants anymore without massive state subsidies in CRP/CREP and landowner cooperation (often against their financial interests). I love to hunt game birds more than anything else and it seems we will be down to a declining grouse population in a state that used to have very good pheasant, grouse and quail hunting. It seems the generation before mine didn't appreciate what they had until it was gone.