Their stocking website lists the amount of Hens they put out. If you look at it, you would think there are not many Hens put out where you cannot shoot them. Either their numbers are totally, 100%, bogus, or we were lucky enough to kick up every single Hen allocated for the entire WMU on 1 gameland in 2 days.ya cant shoot em if they dont stock them.
I'm fairly open-minded Lynn, but I'm not sure why you say that. They are stocking plenty of hens in 2A, and it's obvious these stockers aren't breeding to any degree, and it's also obvious that the stockers aren't hardy enough to last long in a predator environ. That said, it seems like a waste of resource vs. the cost of raising them.Most people would rather shoot roosters than hens. Consider yourself lucky instead.
Lynn, I also read the schedule. TRUST ME. We weren't lucky enough to kick up every hen pheasant scheduled to be released in 2A on ONE gameland, and we kicked up plenty of hens (Taylorstown) in 2 days. It was very apparent to me, that they are releasing more hens than the website dictates in 2A. Why the discrepancy, I haven't got a clue.Based on the stocking schedule, they are not releasing many hens.
If you are putting up more hens than were stocked then in my opinion that is all the more reason not to be shooting hens. It would seem likely the extra birds were either hold over birds from previous years or the extra hens could be the result of reproduction from last year’s hold over or spent breaders stocked last spring.Fleroo said:Did you see my prior post ? There seems to be more hens put out (alot more hens), than what the website lists as being put out. We knocked up a good many hens in 2 days of hunting on one gameland. Taylorstown is farrrr away from Pike Run, which I thought was a failed WPRA and closed last year (apparently not).
I'm all for not killing birds if wild breeders are taking over an area, but other than that, stocking hens and not being able to harvest is a resource waste.
Pike Run does NOT have a population of wild birds. Pike Run may have been the first are in the state to receive a shipment of wild birds from out west (in the Turkey trade). This due to the habit atwork a fella that is now affiliated with Cal U. established way back when. As of last season, Pike Run WPRA was SUPPOSEDLY shut down, due to lack of results via crow counts, flush counts, etc... It appears now that there is conflicting information regarding that WPRA, as I stated after receiving a PGC delivered email.I'm pretty sure that West Va. has a population of wild pheasants in the pan handle which borders 2A. If you are seeing more hens than is reported as being stocked and Pike Run also has a population of wild birds I'm guessing that would likely explain it. IMO more should be done to promote landowner participation in maintaining upland bird habitat especially in that region. Shooting hens would be a terrible decision to make at this time.
AbsolutelyHollowWatcher said:There are wild pheasants in 2A..Hens should be protected! There is also a area of West Virgina that has wild pheasants! Hens should be protected in 2A!
I'm hundreds of yards, as the crow flies, from where they released the very first round of wild birds from S. Dakota in this stat.... Pike Run WPRA. You can't make it sound like they are flourishing here... that would be totally disingenuous. LAST I HEARD, as of last year, they were at an estimated ONE(1) per square mile in Pike Run, and therefore wanted to close the WPRA (actually, even Roe I believe saind it was closing).There are wild pheasants in 2A..Hens should be protected!