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Old 11-19-2020, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody hunted the release areas near Otter Creek? Any recommendations?

I haven't been over there in years but my wife and I are doing a quick retreat before her pregnancy gets too far along. Going to do some fly fishing but also hoping to bring along the over under.

Can't wait, this will only be my second time out for upland this year. I need a day in the field.
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Old 11-19-2020, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All I will say is that some buddies and I were down there for another hunt a few years ago and stopped by the river to fish. This rooster (obviously pen raised) basically came up to us and we fed it nightcrawlers. I doubt it had much of a long term survival there.

So my suggestion, is, uh, bring bait?
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Sounds similar to Cedar. We've had to kick them away from us in the past.

Not very sporting but the dinner tastes just as good.
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Pen raised birds...…..Huh, and some folks complain about high fence big game hunting. What's the difference? One has wings and the other has fur.
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I would be fine with the state ending the practice but I'll shoot the invasive species until they do. Keeps me active and puts food on the table. But I'd be fine with the DWR using monies for another species or project.

I'd much prefer l lived closer to S. Dakota. I'd really love doing a pheasant hunt there with my dad in the near future. I know he really enjoyed the midwest hunts as a kid.

Until then....
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Pen raised birds.....Huh, and some folks complain about high fence big game hunting. What's the difference? One has wings and the other has fur.
Birds fly over fences.

High fence (killed in pen) is the most pathetic excuse for hunting. CWD, Impure genetics, petri dish other diseases.

I'd rather hunt a free range Jack Rabbit than kills 400' high fence Elk.
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Pheasants are invasive species?
Someone on the crack pipe?
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Pheasants are invasive species?
Someone on the crack pipe?
Definitely non-native. No ecological benefit. And I think it's fair to consider releasing such species into narrow bands of marginal (slowly improving) habitat in southern utah questionable at best. Doesn't help that I've seen 2 hawks shot down during the pheasant hunt in southern Utah, though hard to blame such wanton, and likely illegal, waste on the bird.

Further north, assessments may be different. Midwest, evidence seems to point that the abundance of quality habitat means they coexist well with native species.

I'll hunt the birds as long as DWR releases them as it's a great excuse to be active this time of the year. But the tradition down here is long past justifiable.
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Midwest, evidence seems to point that the abundance of quality habitat means they coexist well with native species.
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Given the drastic declines and reduced ranges of the Prairie chicken species, I don't think having an invasive competitive species like pheasants does them any favors
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Pen raised birds are good eatin ! I do miss trophy tail feathers though

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