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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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New Era of Pheasant Hunting

I have been hunting now for two weeks and I am very excited about the difference which is very clear in the hunting of pheasants in this state. The additional birds, and even more important the additional in season releases, have created a more relaxed attitude amoung the hunters in the field. The feast or famine situation we had before ia gone and pheasant hunting is much improved. The opener is still a little crazy but the rest of the season is fantastic so far.

My thanks to Bob Boyd the head of the game farm division with recovering from a major flood situation last year and making this year's increase possible. Many thanks also to the the PGC and Commissioner Delaney for his efforts to increase pheasant hunting opportunities in PA.

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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

I couldn't agree more. When the stocking first began, the birds were a joke. I saw them land in trees, fly into trees and they often got caught on the ground by the dogs. There is none of that anymore. These birds can fly and they seem to quickly adapt to situation and now survive much longer. The old birds were shot off within a few hours of stocking. Now them seem to last into the next week. i have bad several run a couple of hundred yards ahead of the dog and then fly the way the old smart native roosters did.

I think it is amazing the pgc can create so many quality birds on such a large scale. Good job
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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

I got to disagree. My dog pointed several birds and I have shot over a box of shells at about 26 flushes... and missed every bird. I wish they stocked birds that were lame and couldn't fly so fast.
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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

Last Saturday in Union Co. I had flash backs to Somalia there was so much shooting. I kept asking myself, "The limit is two birds right?"

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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

A BIG THANK YOU to Jay Delaney.Awesome job your doing with the hunters first in mind.
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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

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Last Saturday in Union Co. I had flash backs to Somalia there was so much shooting. I kept asking myself, "The limit is two birds right?"

On the first day here in Leb. co. my boy said to me " it sounds live a Civil war reenactment".
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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

I agree and disagree.

I went out yesterday after work for Pheasant. lots of vehicles which i thought was strange,came over a knob and saw groups of hunters just standing at the edge of fields along the lane used by the farm equipment.
have you guessed what was going on ?
the stocking truck was due to arrive !
backed away from these groups & watched.

the birds that flew far enough away from the truck were shot at while still in the air. a mad rush to one field that about 6 roosters flew into. someone shot a rooster out of a tree,that must be a real challenge
some guys were actually running to a spot where a bird landed.
these "hunters" really need to lighten up,give the birds some time to settle & then work their dogs. it`s not hard to jump a bird that just landed & is trying to orient itself.


for the positive side,the birds are very nice this year IMO as I have been enjoying a good time with my boys looking for birds,not as scarce as the last few years.

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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

Not everyone has a dog to work.
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post #9 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 01:30 PM
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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

If they wouldn't give the exact date and time to certain people I would agree.

As Charles Barkley says, "I may be wrong, but I doubt it".
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Re: New Era of Pheasant Hunting

I don't care to hunt them but its great for those who like them. My problem is that there are a bunch of GL's that have good grouse habitat bordering or near where they stock pheasants. One particular area is a beautiful aspen cut that borders a field they stock with pheasants but its worthless during the season because the grouse get pressured to death and you cant get a good dog through it without bumping into pheasant hunters. I don't think a native, wild bird should be pressured and hammered on by hordes of hunters in order to create hunting opportunities with a stocked bird. These areas should not be stocked . Stock them in areas that are not surrounded by ideal wild bird habitat. We have so little of it left its a shame it gets ruined by a stocked bird.
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