HUNTING — The new non-toxic shot rules at Eastern Washington pheasant release sites was no deterrent to a few hunters out for the recent youth-only upland bird season. Here's a report from Scott Kuhta, who gathered his sone and dog for a father-son outting on that special last-weekend in September season:
Quick thanks for the article on steel shot requirements for pheasant release sites. I took my son, Daniel, out to chase birds on the Sunday of the youth hunt weekend. If I hadn't read your article, I probably would have brought lead shells. I think it is a good regualtion and it sure didn't affect his shooting. Two years ago on our first youth hunt he went through a box of shells before coming home with two birds. This year we were done in 45 minutes, hitting 3 out of 4 birds. My dog flushed a dozen more on the way back to the car.
I don't know what Saturday was like, but we were the only people hunting Sunday morning. We got there 20 minutes past first light and did not see another car or hear any other shots. LOTS of birds that are now undoubtedly done for by coyotes.
Eastern Washington pheasant hunting release sites are detailed on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's webpage.
The regular pheasant hunting season opens Saturday.