posted on October 02, 2006 00:00
Although tiny and isolated populations of wild pheasants may still exist in a few spot across Pennsylvania, including some here in the southeastern corner of the state, nearly all pheasant hunting again this fall will be focused on the 101,800 birds the Pennsylvania Game Commission will release on public lands in October.
Commission staff will begin the stocking season Thursday, Oct. 5, with the release of 15,000 birds (7,420 males and 7,580 females) for the youth pheasant hunt scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7, through Friday, Oct. 13.
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Bucks County - Nockamixon State Park.
Lancaster County - SGLs 220 and 423.
Lebanon County - SGL 145 and Swatara State Park.
Lehigh County - SGL 205.
Montgomery County - SGL 234 and Evansburg State Park.
Schuylkill County - SGLs 227 and 229, and Reading Anthracite property at Yatesville.
For the general pheasant hunting season, which runs Saturday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Nov. 25, the commission will stock 50 percent of the fall allocation beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18; followed by two additional stockings during the season.
Stocking will focus on SGLs, state parks and federal lands. However, in some areas where habitat conditions on public lands are marginal, birds may be stocked on properties
signed in the commission's public access program.
Total stocking for our region will include 14,960 birds.
To offer hunters better information about the stocking schedule, the commission has posted on its website charts for each of its six regions outlining the number of birds to be stocked in each county, the public properties slated to be stocked and a two- to three-day window in which stockings will take place within the counties. To view the charts, go to the commission's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us, select "Hunting" in the left-hand column, click on the photograph of the pheasant, and then choose "Pheasant Allocation" and click on the map for the county or region of interest.
"As financial considerations have forced us to reduce the number of pheasants we are stocking, it was decided that we should provide hunters with additional information to assist them in deciding when and where to hunt those pheasants stocked," said commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe.
He reminded hunters that, two years ago, the agency enacted a regulation aimed at improving safety for agency employees and vehicles involved in pheasant stocking.
"Each year, when game commission personnel are releasing pheasants from the stocking trucks, employees and trucks are shot at by unsuspecting hunters in the field. To prevent this, the agency approved a regulation that prohibits hunters from discharging a firearm within 150 yards of a game commission vehicle releasing pheasants.
"As we provide better information about when and were stockings will be conducted, we remind hunters that they have an obligation to ensure that no stocking trucks or personnel are in the vicinity."