I think the biggest problem here in PA is the abundance of avian predators COUPLED with the relative small size of the habitats and the abundance of trees.What is different about the PA farming practices, and the South Dakota farming practices. Did a hunt out there last year, and was truly blown away.
But it made me wonder, why can they thrive out there, but not in PA? Certainly the winters are much more harsh in SD than in PA.
So WHAT is the main difference? I know guys will say hunting pressure, but that doesn't really seem accurate in an area where they are protected.
Just curious. I know the PGC and private organizations have tried very hard, just wonder what the real factor is?
The difference is that pheasants will nest in hay fields where hay fields exist. In the states that have wild pheasants there is very little hay mowing. In Pennsylvania there is extensive hay mowing.I've always said, until that question is answered, we're wasting time and money on pheasant programs.
Wild pheasants went from boom to bust in about five years in my area of Franklin Co. No change in anything during that time... same fallow fields, same crop rotation.....only thing different was "no-till" farming was introduced.
In my early teens my friends and I bow hunted those birds many years ago there.I used see wild pheasant behind my house all the time but that was over 30 years ago. The last time I saw a wild bird was in the late 90s when I would train my English pointer on airport property in Northeast Philadelphia.
That's not even remotely true. We did hunt with a guide, who has access to 15,000 acres. We drove to town one morning, probably saw close to 400 birds on the way in to town and back. They are not stocked birds.160 acre CRP fields, the money out of state hunters spend, and if you hunted with outfitter a lot of the birds were probably stocked.