Since pheasant hunting season is underway statewide, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said they stocked 220,000 pheasants this year compared to 170,000 last year. They added that of that number, about 75 percent of the birds were roosters while last year only 52 percent were roosters.
If you’d like to know where pheasants are stocked and the amount, the PGC publishes an online allocation table and interactive stocking locations map at www.pgc.pa.gov. Once there, click on “Hunt & Trap” on the upper banner then “Hunting,” then “Ring-necked Pheasant,” then Pheasant Allocation.” To find out where they’re stocked, first click on the “Region” to find the number to be stocked in each county as well as the range of dates for each release and a listing of each property to be stocked. Then click on the interactive map to see more than 200 properties to be or already stocked. Click on the dot to see the property name and number of releases. Sportsmen can zoom in to see the pink highlighted areas showing the best pheasant hunting habitat where birds are likely to be found.
Hunters should remember that all adult and senior license holders are required to also have the $26.90 pheasant hunting permit. However, hunters who held their senior lifetime licenses prior to May 13, 2017 when this requirement for a pheasant permit became regulation, have been exempted from needing this permit and can hunt pheasants without them.
FALL TROUT STOCKING
While on the topic of fishing, local trout anglers who were looking forward to fishing the Little Lehigh this week since it was on the fall trout stocking list, were disappointed to learn that it was postponed. Reason being, the trout stocking truck was scheduled to also stock a lake, but its water level was extremely low so the PF&BC didn’t want to run the truck to the Little Lehigh with only 900 fish aboard.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.