Wait, someone that arguably hunts pheasants more days than anyone here is calling out others as special interest hunters? Really? And what the heck does that even mean? Made up nonsense. Maybe one of the dumber comments I've read.
The difference is that many of us have spent countless hours and even our funding to not only support but also physically creating habitat for ALL of our resources instead of demanding more be done by the Game Commission to support our favorite species.
As for me I hunt a lot of different species, with equal interest and enthusiasm depending on what is in season, the most abundant and of my interest at that moment in time.
I used to spend about as much of often even more time hunting grouse as I did pheasants. Sometimes much more time on grouse than pheasants. I would hunt for grouse before pheasant season came in then once pheasant were in I would go for pheasants every morning until I was limit out on them then head out for grouse. But, as grouse numbers started to decline I stopped specifically targeting grouse and switched almost exclusively to pheasants as the small game species I pursued.
I started backing off pheasants for two reasons. One reason is that I felt guilty even shooting grouse when their numbers were in what appeared to be a pretty sharp decline so I backed off of them. The other reason I quite going for grouse was because as I get older I find it more enjoyable, especially after hunting pheasants for an hour or more, to go climb into a tree stand to just sit there relaxing while archery hunt.
As an example of how my time gets used. So far this year I currently have 69.75 hours hunting pheasants. That includes about 9 hours that were exclusively taking youth out while I was not carrying a gun. The amount of time with youth would certainly be higher but I lucked out with some kids who were pretty good shots and had their limit without long drawn out hunts where they missed a lot of birds. I will undoubtedly hunt pheasants a few more times once flintlock season ends or perhaps even a few more mornings during the flintlock season, depending on my mood and the weather on any given day.
As of right now I have 184 hours hunting deer, but will have many more hours in pursuit of deer before the flintlock season ends. I also spent 40 hours hunting exclusively bear and that doesn't include the hours I was hunting both deer and bear during the October combined deer and bear season.
I also typically hunt between a hundred and two hundred hours for spring gobbler each spring. The amount of time I spend hunting for spring gobbler is usually dependent on how long it takes me to harvest two gobblers. Until I have two gobblers I will hunt every morning, pretty much rain or shine, every day of the season from daybreak until at least noon.
Then once spring gobbler is over I typically spend over a hundred hours, all donated time and money, planting row crops on about 50 acres of the game lands where pheasants are stocked and I hunt. Even though that habitat work will benefit pheasants and pheasant hunters in the fall it will also benefit all of the many other game and non-game species all year, and long before any pheasants are stocked or hunted, as well. We see way more deer and turkeys in it than we do pheasants. We also use volunteers to do boarder and other cuts every winter that are designed much more as a benefit to grouse than pheasants.
Frankly I don't have a special interest species. I enjoy and work to both have and hunt healthy populations of them all. There are many hunters thought do have their special interest species, hunt them almost exclusively and make no bones about that fact.
If some people can't recognized that fact then about all I can say is they either aren't paying attention to the reality that surrounds them, just want to ignore the reality or are simply just looking for something to find fault with. Everyone will have to figure out for themselves just where they fit into that list of possible scenarios though.