Signups are open for an adult Women's Pheasant Hunting Workshop sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on Feb. 28 near Dallas.
The workshop is for beginners 18 and older, especially for those who never have hunted and those who have been away from bird hunting for a while and want to take the rust off their skill sets.
The 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. workshop is divided into two parts with a gun safety classroom session, shotgun skills and practice during the morning and a guided pheasant hunt with a dog during the afternoon at Luckiamute Valley Pheasant Preserve.
Salary: $1,600-$2,000/mo DOE. Start Date: 04/01/2015. Description: We seek field assistants for a research project investigating the effects of habitat and landscape configuration on ring-necked pheasant behavior and demography in east-central Illinois. Duties include but are not limited to, assisting in pheasant adult and brood capture and transmitter attachment, homing and triangulation of birds via radio-telemetry, and quantifying habitat conditions...
I do believe the biggest threat to hunting isn’t anti-hunters or anti-gunners. It’s lack of access and habitat. Take away places to hunt and you won’t have hunters.
One of the last hunts I made in 2014 is also the last hunt I’ll make on one of my favorite places. Yesterday I killed one final pheasant on my friend Steve’s farm. I knew the place was for sale, and after the hunt he told me it had sold to a real estate developer. As one of several siblings and the only one who lived on the farm, he was in the minority when they made the decision to sell.
I was lucky to have the farm to hunt on as long as I did. It was a five-minute drive from my house, bordered by town on two sides. There were always pheasants there, and a covey of quail I rarely shot, and it’s the place where I got hooked on goose hunting, too. It was a high spot, and the first farm outside of town, and on the right day you could see thousands of geese overhead. When you looked west or south, you could forget you were right next to a city of 100,000 people.
With the 2014 pheasant hunting season closing today at sunset, state Game, Fish and Parks conservation officer Nick Cochran reported that the season has generally been a success.
Following a disappointing hunt last year, Cochran’s thumbs-up is welcomed news for many, though the numbers for this season so far seem to suggest optimism should be of the cautious variety.
“From everything that I’ve seen, we’ve had a pretty good pheasant season,” said Cochran, who is based in Brown County. “Pheasant numbers are up from last year. We know that nonresident license sales were down last year from 2012 and it doesn’t look like there will be a big change this year, but things are improving.”
Interviewed for an American News story that was published early last month, GFP administrative resources chief Scott Simpson reported that just over 76,000 nonresident licenses had been sold with about 10 days remaining before the Dec. 15 cutoff date for the 2014 season.
Assuming only a moderate change to that number, South Dakota would be very close to the 2013 number of 76,296 nonresident licenses sold, which represented a big drop from the more than 95,000 sold for 2012.
Still, Aberdeen’s Tim Kessler, who sits on the Pheasants Forever national board of directors and is a member of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s pheasant habitat workgroup, said the 2014 season was good one and that the number of nonresident licenses will likely tick back up with time.