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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: What happened to small game hunting in this state?
Plenty of bunnies where I live. Unfortunately, they're mostly all in suburban back yards, instead of on land where they could be hunted. We have foxes and hawks around our place, yet it's common to see a half dozen rabbits in our back yard at one time.
Pheasants are an introduced species dependent on stocking, were a "flash in the pan" and only thrived when/where habitats supported them. Few of the farms are still around now, where we hunted them successfully in the 60s and 70s, for one thing. And remaining farmlands have little in common with good pheasant habitats from that period in time when pheasants thrived in these parts.
Small game? Tons of squirrels in most of the places I hunt. Grouse are coming back in several of those areas, but have always been somewhat "cyclical" in terms of good populations.
I've been hunting grouse in the area where my camp is in 3A, since the 60s. Been good years and lots of bad years in all that time. We've had a few years when a dozen flushes happened, followed by years when it was a treat to flush one or two?
Such is life in the outdoors.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B