While it is true that things in PA have changed, the other states where pheasants are common are farmed the same way. The difference is the amount of CRP in those states. PA could have thousands of wild pheasants if more acres were set aside with right type habitat. We proved it. We flushed 160 wild pheasants from a 40 acre primarily switchgrass field. As the acres of CREP have gone back into production the population falls at the same rate. The problem: all farming conservation programs are voluntary. Sensitive streamside land and highly erodible land should be required to be planted in the correct warm season grass mix. Results: cleaner water, cleaner air and more small game species. In my business and hobbies I am told what I must do to comply with regulations and I don't get paid it costs me. Farmers get a pass and the result is a wildlife wasteland. Most farmers now rent thousands of acres and farm right up to the edge. I realize they are working for a profit but conservation regs should be mandatory like they are for everyone else. Will we ever see it? Not likely.
"The wildlife and it's habitat cannot speak for itself. So we must and we will." Teddy Roosevelt