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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2011, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Pheasant thoughts

after comparing experiences on the recent season with a fellow Pheasant enthusiast, he commented on the Pheasant restoration program.

we are both excited about it and it led me to suggest the following:

due to heavy hunting pressure and natural predators, set aside some areas on game lands not allowing hunting for Pheasants.
we discussed the pros & cons such as would it help keep more birds or not,the size of each area,enforcement of the closed areas, would the rabbit/squirrel hunters or hunters without dogs be allowed inside or not and a number of other issues.

what do you think ?

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The areas need to be larger and set asides on game lands would be a waste of time and effort!
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I heard straight from the head pheasant guys mouth. The goal of the PGC pheasant program on game lands, isn't restoration of a sustainable population. It's to put pheasants in the hunters bag. Sure there are restoration areas set aside to establish wild populations, but to designate those areas on game lands would defeat the goal of program which like I said, was sold to me as to maximize pheasants to the hunters bag..

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The following few years should be very exciting for pheasant hunters in the state! The overcrowding problem should be taken care of next year when the allotment increases to 200,000 which will allow the Commission to stock Public Access Properties which will spread out hunters! The Wild Pheasant Restoration Areas are doing very well and some should be opening up soon! The Commissions Pheasant Programs goal is to provide wild pheasant hunting in the(WPRA's) and countless hours of recreation statewide through the stocking program!

As far as what you suggest..I don't think it would be feasible as you would have to many people complaining about setting aside land and being not allowed to hunt there! You have people saying that restoring quail is a waist of time so you have to realize what the Game Commission has to deal with.

However scenarios like that are possible..I know of few lucky people that have farms next to where birds are released and due to the cover that they have on their farms they have birds year round! The birds escape the hunting pressure by spending time in the switch grass that they have planted!
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my suggestion arose because some of the hunters I meet on the game lands complain of not seeing any birds a day or 2 after a stocking. just maybe with these "safe" areas the birds would stay on the game land longer.

this, perhaps would help generate more interest in hunting.
the hunting pressure here in the southeast part of the state is very high & I believe we need help to keep our kids interested.
due to the high human population in this area, more game lands are also needed.

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More in season releases will help alleviate the problem. There are supposed to be more in season releases next year too. Not sure it will be enough more to make a big difference.

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how are the stocking days going to vary from past years? will the season opener, 1st and 2nd inseason stockings still be the same? what part of the season would they add in more stocking dates?
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One thing would probably be replaced is the second season stockings in December!!
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I know im only dreaming but Id love to see the smaller stockings spreadout 2-3x per week totaling 15 or so per season (like Jersey)... the dogs would really appreaciate that...
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I know im only dreaming but Id love to see the smaller stockings spreadout 2-3x per week totaling 15 or so per season (like Jersey)... the dogs would really appreaciate that...
That's a very good point Chris, NJ gets picked on pretty good, but their pheasant stocking program is actually pretty good.If you own a bird dog in NJ you will have plenty of days afield with your dog and rarely not have any action. Of course you want to avoid Saturdays and stocking days, but the other days almost always offer action with very little competition.

Years ago I volunteered to help with the stocking in NJ. The main truck would deliver the birds to a predetermined spot at the WMA to be stocked. This could be done during the day and after giving us our birds the truck was off to another WMA. We held the birds to AFTER LEGAL SHOOTING HOURS,we then took the birds to spots all around the gamelands and spread them out, we tried not to put them in the exact spot after each stocking. On the next stocking day we would give the empty crates back to the main truck and they would in return give us more birds.I am not sure if NJ still does it like this or not but it worked very well. The whole key is having volunteers willing to do this.

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