posted on February 03, 2014 08:41
Including Utah and Wyoming, there are a total of 19 states that stock pheasants.
Colorado officials are considering the option as a way to boost hunter participation in the state.
The officials are worried most about the younger generations. For years, pheasant hunting has been a tradition in Colorado. In recent years, though, pheasant numbers have been on the decrease. Drought has been a hamper on pheasant populations in many states and Colorado has been no exception.
It’s a big step for the state. Stocking pheasants has its detractors. Some believe it’s something that isn’t a long-term viable solution. It requires states to continually stock pheasants each year since the birds often don’t survive like the ones that are more accustomed to surviving in the wild their entire lives.
But the state is running out of options. The hunting industry continues to be strong in the state, but it’s mostly big game like elk and deer that bring hunters from in and out of state. Game bird hunting has been on the downfall even though efforts to get young generations involved have been undertaken.
Colorado has many acres of hunting land where the pheasants could call their home. It seems to make sense on the surface and officials are simply looking to discuss the opportunity. They plan to talk to officials from other states to learn about the stocking programs.
It’s difficult to look at the millions in revenue that pheasant hunting brings to states like South and North Dakota and not see stocking as an option.
But both sides of the argument need to be heard. The appeal of getting younger hunters involved is the goal and should be one of the determining factors when it comes time to make a decision.
Should Colorado stock pheasants to increase hunting numbers?
Let your voice be heard on the issue before the officials make the decision for you.