Received this update earlier today concerning the PA Mentored Youth Pheasant Hunting..
Looks like good news for PA youth hunters and pheasant hunters in general.Prior to last year's budget reductions, PA allocated 20,000 pheasants for Youth Hunts. 18,000 were released state-wide and 2,000 were made available to sportsmen's clubs for mentored hunts on State Game Lands.
Last year (2005) the allocation was 15,000 for Youth Hunts and the 2,000 for sportsmen was eliminated. However, they had a good production year; therefore, the state increased the number from 15,000 to 18,000.
This year, PA will once again allocate 15,000 for state-wide release for Youth Hunts and reinstated 1500 pheasants for sportsmen. The Executive Director directed the Game Farms to accommodate all requests for mentored hunts; therefore, the 1500 has been increased to 1700.
As far as I know, PA will still stock 100,000 adult pheasants for the season. As noted earlier, this is a 50% reduction because of budget cuts. There is hope that the level will increase back to 200,000 adult birds if and when license fees are increased.