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Sunset on the 2011-12 Pensylvania Pheasant Season

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A mild 50 February pheasant hunting day. Skyler did good and we had a great day in the field.









The cover in this area seems to support birds through the winter fairly well. I know the mutli-fora rose is a problem invasive but the birds seem to rely on it heavily for food and cover especially when there is snow cover. I've found that sometimes the rose hips will add up to at least half of the contents in a pheasant's crop sac later in the season. Most of the cover in the fields in this area also have a good mixture of various native grasses and field vegetation with a lumpy turf that provides pretty good food and hiding cover for pheasants, rabbits, etc.. This area doesn't have the over abundance of dense golden rod that seems to dominate allot fields in this region.

Being from N.E. Ohio, where the ODNR has short shrift pheasant hunters for years, I am especially appreciative of the Pa. game commission and Pa. sportsmen and landowners for working to maintain landscapes and hunting areas that support pheasants and other wildlife.


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My hat goes off to you harvesting a late season rooster like that. That's a well earned bird! Nice job!

I AGREE 100% on your comment about the PGC, WE ARE INDEED VERY LUCKY!

I will also say that when we scout the State looking for new pheasant hunting spots that have hold over and yes WILD pheasants, one of the criteria is habitat similar to what you mention!

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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Did you get that bird on the last day of the season? Thats a real trophy!
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Re: Sunset on the 2011-12 Pensylvania Pheasant Season

Congrats on a limit on the last day! What breed of dog is that? Looks like a nice SxS as well.

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Re: Sunset on the 2011-12 Pensylvania Pheasant Season

Well done! What County were you hunting in?
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I will also say that when we scout the State looking for new pheasant hunting spots that have hold over and yes WILD pheasants, one of the criteria is habitat similar to what you mention!

I'm pretty sure that the only true WILD pheasants live in China, every other pheasant is or is the result of stocking.
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Re: Sunset on the 2011-12 Pensylvania Pheasant Season

There's a difference between wild and native. Wild simply means born and raised in a wild environment with no help from people, versus born and raised in a pen on pellets and let go.

The hawks are killing everything.
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Re: Sunset on the 2011-12 Pensylvania Pheasant Season

That pic was taken the next to the last day of the season. I saw some other birds that week near this area and near another game land that also had good cover. Good food and cover in the surrounding area makes a big difference for the birds being able to hang in there through the winter.

Skyler is a yellow lab mix, supposed to be 1/2 lab and 1/2 golden retriever but I think he has some aierdale mixed in. He's great on birds. He will scent trail and will hold up and point as long as a bird holds, otherwise he'll flush them. He listens well to voice and hand commands and always pays attention to where I'm at. Being able to be relatively quiet makes a big difference late in the season.

The double is a CZ Ringneck 12ga. I like it allot.
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Re: Sunset on the 2011-12 Pensylvania Pheasant Season

There is a lot of information on game farm pheasant survival. The number is very low and of the hens that survive long enough to nest, the survival of their young pheasants is even worse. I believe this is from behavioral and genetic reasons. Any rooster that survives from the fall to the following spring has earned the right to breed with a wild hen in my book. That is a pure case of natural selection.

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Re: Sunset on the 2011-12 Pensylvania Pheasant Season

Way to go on a late season hunt!
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