Small game hunting is a long standing tradition, and I think we are very fortunate to have dedicated and knowledgeable people working to keep that tradition alive. If you are a small game hunter in PA. this year (2012) chances are you are experiencing a very good year, whether your quarry has been rabbit, squirrel, grouse, woodcock, or pheasant.
The squirrel and rabbit population seems to be doing well statewide and there are still sections of the state that offer good flushing rates for grouse. The state has also increased the stocking of ring neck pheasants back to over 200,000 birds, offering countless opportunities for new youth hunters as well as sportsmen wanting to train and hunt with bird dogs. If the number of out of state license plates is any indication, a lot of non residents feel the same way about small game hunting in PA. The PGC has also recently released a Northern Bobwhite Quail Management Plan. While this is a very difficult task, it shows at the very least the mindset of the Game Commission and its commitment to the small game hunter. The Pheasant Management Plan is second to none and moving forward. There are also ongoing habitat programs to benefit grouse and woodcock. I think its easy to see that the small game hunter in PA is well represented.
I would like to thank some people for making small game hunting what it is in PA. today. Some are past, some are present. I am sure there are many more so I apologize for omitting them.
In No Particular Order
Lisa Williams, Wyatt Knepp,
Shon Robbins, Carl G. Roe,
James J. Delaney, Ralph A. Martone,
Dr. Benjamin C. Jones, Bill Palmer
Mark Banker, Eric Miller,
Mike Pruss, Lynn Appleman,
Colleen DeLong, Bob Boyd
Keith Sanford, Scott Klinger,
Tom Hardisky, John Dunn
Cal Dubrok, Carl Riegner
It's breeding,training...and something unknown.