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Hen Pheasants on Rooster only Gamelands.

Good News. Last year I started a thread (I think I started it) asking why so many Hens were being released on Washington County Gamelands that are Rooster only. Well, I'm happy to report, we hunted Taylorstown last Friday, 11/8, and we did not jump a single Hen. But then again, we didn't jump a single Pheasant either. I don't believe they stocked Taylorstown in a while.

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What does this have to do with hunting camp??

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Re: Hen Pheasants on Rooster only Gamelands.

They stocked Taylorstown last Friday, 11/8...I hunted a few hours and as I was packing up they let'em rip-hens included...got quite a bit of it on a cell phone video!
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Never understood the logic in hens on rooster only gamelands ...predators eventually get them...if they are gonna release hens then change the law. Pheasants are not reproducing anyway . Archaic law just like no sunday hunting.
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Never understood the logic in hens on rooster only gamelands ...predators eventually get them...if they are gonna release hens then change the law. Pheasants are not reproducing anyway . Archaic law just like no sunday hunting.
I guess the Game Commission has that small glimmer of hope that the hens will survive and reproduce. Unfortunately, they can't even get the wild pheasants they released from South Dakota to reproduce in the Somerset WPRA near Shanksville and Berlin.

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Never understood the logic in hens on rooster only gamelands ...predators eventually get them...if they are gonna release hens then change the law. Pheasants are not reproducing anyway . Archaic law just like no sunday hunting.
I guess the Game Commission has that small glimmer of hope that the hens will survive and reproduce. Unfortunately, they can't even get the wild pheasants they released from South Dakota to reproduce in the Somerset WPRA near Shanksville and Berlin.
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Re: Hen Pheasants on Rooster only Gamelands.

It's a stupid regulation and I think stocking hens in rooster-only areas as part of the pheasant allocation is actually a bit disingenuous of the PGC. Those hens are not huntable birds and should not be included in the allocation numbers in those areas. Abolish the regulation or stop the practice of releasing hens in rooster-only areas.

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Re: Hen Pheasants on Rooster only Gamelands.

This past week they put out 710 roosters and 10 hens in Washington County. Next week it's just 720 roosters - no hens. Not really sure that there's anything wrong with putting a few hens out there "just in case"...

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This past week they put out 710 roosters and 10 hens in Washington County. Next week it's just 720 roosters - no hens. Not really sure that there's anything wrong with putting a few hens out there "just in case"...
You mean other than it's a complete joke? The time to release those 10 hens would be in late winter/very early spring. With the thousands of roosters released the odds that a few will make into spring are so much greater than any 1 of those 10 hens lasting until spring. So if it's truly a "just in case" proposition the best time to release the hens is spring so that "just in case" those roosters survive they can find the released hens come spring breeding and nesting time.

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