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Lynn,have you been to this area?

I used to hunt this area back in the 70's,man it was loaded with pheasant!I remember waiting on a deer stand and seeing pheasants all day long!
 

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I have not seen this area. I understand the habitat is pretty good. I know the Schuylkill Chapter has planted a good amount of CREP warm season grass and started to harvest switch grass seed last year. I would like to see it sometime as it's less than an hour from me.
 

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I'm not sure where exactly the area is going to be, but I hunt the Hegins, Pitman, Rough and Ready, Klingerstown, and Leck Kill area. The farms I hunt have some great habitat, they still have creek beds and hedge rows. Lots of standing grass and good cover for the birds. I hate to lose another area to hunt, but I guess it's a small sacrifice for wild birds. Good luck PF.
 

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I'm going to guess the answer to that question is no. I believe there were no populations of wild pheasants in PA prior to the current trap and transfer programs. When I say wild populations I mean self sustaining populations of birds on a scale of more than a few dozen.
 

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LynnAppelman said:
I'm going to guess the answer to that question is no. I believe there were no populations of wild pheasants in PA prior to the current trap and transfer programs. When I say wild populations I mean self sustaining populations of birds on a scale of more than a few dozen.
Lynn:

I agree with you. Although I live in Schuylkill County, I married a girl from York County. There were lots of farms in the family, and even up until the mid 80's it was worth the drive down to hunt the wild birds.

We get down quite a bit. I have not seen a bird in years. I occasionally ask her family members. They all give the same answer ... "can't remember the last time I saw a bird."

Can't figure it out. Some of the farms haven't changed at all. You would think there would be a pocket of birds here or there, but nothing.

My absolute all time favorite hunting memories are of those trips. Some with a bunch of buddies, others with just my shorthair and I.
 

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I hunt one of the areas year round. Pheasants do survive the winter there, I've heard them in the spring while turkey hunting. But I know the predator population can be high in that area also. It seems like when they start stocking the fields with pheasants, the coyotes come out of the woodwork.
Plenty of good pheasant habitat there. I would love to see it closed and stocked with wild birds.
 

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The atrizine comment has about as much science behind it as the other comment from Mr. "Biologist" who learned a couple big words in school and thinks he knows everything about the plan.
 
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