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The best bargain to be had in pheasant hunting was found by two friends who grew up together hunting wild pheasants. Their annual trip to the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravanganza is also attended by the Martz’s Gap View Hunting Preserve who offer an amazing 50% discount on their full day hunting package.

The Preserve manager, Mike Martz holds two special hunts every October. One is for women and children under 17 and another day is set aside for senior and US military veterans. On both of these days, being held on October, 3 and October 10 respectively, only cockbirds are released onto the preserve.

Those old enough to remember, recall that pheasant hunting went into sudden decline during the 1980s but the Pennsylvania Game Commission deserves recognition for their efforts to re-establish populations in the state. However, most hunting in the state is ‘put-and-take’ of birds stocked on State Game Lands or those that are commercially raised or purchased and stocked by private clubs. Many feel this is not giving hunters the best experiences.

That is what makes the season kickoff specials at Martz so attractive to hunters. Game farms are the only locations where pheasant and other bird hunting continues after the regular pheasant season closes in February.

Mike Martz is the third generation of the family to manage the hunting preserve business. grandfather started a pheasant raising business, selling the meat to restaurants in 1955. Two years later, a group of hunters approached his grandfather and asked if he would be interested in stocking birds for hunting. From there, the hunting business was born.

For many years, hunting on the farm remained private but in the 1960s, there were public hunting opportunities.

The business is so good at raising pheasants that 85% of their stock is sold to hunting clubs and other hunting preserves. The rest are released onto their 1,200 acres of land they own and lease that is divided into 18 different hunting sections. Most of the hunting areas are planted with strips of sorghum. This is a type of grain of waist height.

What is your favorite hunting trip of the year? What makes it special?

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