Re: Ringneck stocking question
I've been on many stockings. Depending on the area, they may be stocked right from the main road, but normally they try to stock from deep in the field. This, of course, is dependent on ground conditions; they aren't going to be driving off-road this week, that's for sure! Occasionally a bird will just jump out of the crate onto the ground, but most fly like heck. Most fly a couple hundred yards, but I've also seen birds disappear out of sight. They will normally turn and go downwind and/or downhill, which the Food and Cover guys take into account when stocking. If you see a truck stocking, feel free to stop and talk with the guys, they are all very friendly and will answer most any question you ask. Please remember though that they are on a pretty tight schedule and aren't going to be paid overtime, so they try to get back to their headquarters by quitting time, so don't hold them up. If you watch a stock, you'll also notice that these guys are the frequent target of aerial bombardment by the released birds; it's not a clean job stocking pheasants! The Food and Cover personnel are truly committed to improving hunter success and they aren't trying to hide the pheasants from you, as some allege. They are also a wealth of knowledge about where other game is at; they are in the woods every day and I've seen them steer hunters towards some dandy bucks, bear activity, even where they've been putting up a lot of grouse. Just don't jump all over them about things they can't control; I've seen people literally scream at Food and Cover employees about the statewide deer management plan. Food and Cover and Land Management are the 'good guys' of the PGC; they are the ones who are trying their very best to make better hunting for Pennsylvania.