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It seems as if the opening weekend was only the other day. However, with another hunting season in the books, many pheasant hunters have packed their blaze orange jackets away.

For some hunters, this has not been a happy season. One hunter has recorded their worst harvest since the 1980s; despite experiencing one of their best opening days for years.

The lack of birds has convinced many landowners to give up their hunting pursuits early. This may help local populations improve for the next hunting season; but, could be a problem for local economies that depend on pheasant hunting.

For many hunters, it is not just the number of birds they harvest, but the experience of hunting with friends and family that attracts them to the fields. With many individuals deciding there is little point hunting this season; they are looking for other ways to enjoy themselves this festive season and this is causing a decrease in hunter numbers.

Many hunters fondly remember times when they would surround fields with old college friends and flush out a hundred pheasants at a time. It is these memories of spending time with their friends and achieving good harvests that has kept them coming back.

But, unless there is a change in pheasant populations, experiences like this will become a distant memory.

As one hunter has stated, “Most of us are smart enough to realize that when your wife says, “Sure honey, go have fun with your friends,” what she really means is “You will pay dearly for abandoning me with the kids again.”” With this in mind, many hunters are reconsidering their priorities and whether pheasant hunting is really worthwhile.

How are your hunting experiences this season? How are they compared to previous hunting seasons?

Let us know in the comments below.

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