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West Wa Pheasant release

Has anyone hunted the west side at any of the pheasant release sites? One is between my house and work, so it's hard to pass up. I usually go east, but my boss is pretty cool, and now I have a few hours to kill before work. Thumbs up

My question is how busy are these sites during the week? Do they look like depression era bread lines?

Also being that I have only ever hunted with lead, is there much difference with steel/non-toxic shot reguarding performance?

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West Wa Pheasant release

Hello !!!

I have hunted the scatter creek site for several years now, and have not found them to be very busy on the week days. if you hunt on a weekend it may be a madhouse. If there are a lot of hunters I recomend you hunt the edges of the fields and pick up the birds that run between the other hunters. They will flush in front of you as a last ditch atempt to get away. A dog is your best bet if it is lite on hunting pressure. As far as steel shot goes, you will not tell the diferance in field shooting. Mostly waterfowl and pass shooting.

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They release on fri. afternoons Thumbs up

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West Wa Pheasant release

How do those release hunts work?

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West Wa Pheasant release
redrider wrote:
How do those release hunts work?

The WDFW raises and releases ring necks at about ten or so state owned fields. the one by my house is about 360 acres, it's in farm country, and for the most part is a mix of wheat with some patches of corn. the state releases birds a few times throughout the season at these "release sites".

the flip side, you have to purchase a "western wa pheasant" tag, to offset the cost of raising the birds. just under forty bucks, less than i would spend on gas going east. In the east, all you need is a small game license.

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West Wa Pheasant release

Are there good bird #'s without the releases, or is this a way to help boost bird #'s? The pheasant #'s here in NE Kansas are pretty low, would be nice to have a closer opportunity at these birds. Lots of fun Yes

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Here in western washington it is to wet most of the years for ringnecks to servive the winter so they raise the birds just for the hunters. But we have had some dry years latly and I have had some fun rousting out some wild birds in the past 2 or 3 seasons. Yes

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West Wa Pheasant release

yeah, i've kicked up one or two in the state fields by my house, but nothing worth writing home about. eastern washington is their range. there's a golf course in eastern wa that you could hunt 'em with a handfull of rocks! the birds know where hunters can't go.. neener!

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Hey Sultanshooter,
I've hunted the release sites for years. Mostly the site just south of Monroe and the Stillwater site by Carnation. It is very crowded on weekends. That's why when you buy your tag, you have to choose odd or even days to hunt on weekend mornings. The game department is trying to make it less crowded. For example, if you choose odd days, you can only hunt in the mornings, on weekends, on odd days. Weekend even days, you can hunt afternoons starting at noon, but not in the morning.
Week days are less crowded, but you will be surprised by the number of people hunting there. It gets less crowded later in the season. You can hunt the sites from 8 am to 4 pm.
El Hunter

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